The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is EDEN2020’s technology partner in charge of intraoperative ultrasound. The aim is for the system to be able to provide real-time, three-dimensional information about the patient anatomy, which is tremendously challenging. Marking a significant milestone in pursuit of this goal, researchers Rüdiger Göbl and Christoph Hennersperger have developed SUPRA, an open-source pipeline for fully Software defined Ultrasound Processing for Real-Time Applications.
Covering all steps from beamforming to output of B-Mode images, SUPRA can help to improve the reproducibility of results and does allow for a full customization of the image acquisition workflow.
By including all the processing stages of a common ultrasound pipeline, it can be executed in 2D and 3D on consumer GPUs in real- time. Even on hardware as small as the CUDA enabled Jetson TX2, SUPRA allows for 2D imaging in real-time.
SUPRA is going to enable seamless integration of ultrasound imaging within EDEN2020’s neurosurgical ecosystem, but will also serve as a valuable starting point for the wider research community to explore this form of imaging for any number of clinical applications.
You can read more about SUPRA here.