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A research group comprised of perinatal clinicians and biomedical engineers who conduct translational imaging research in a hospital setting. The multidisciplinary team allows development of novel ultrasound algorithms to image, evaluate and quantify structure and function (perfusion and impedance) of structures such as organs and tumours.

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Competitive advantage

  • Unique in having engineers and clinicians working side-by-side to optimise information from ultrasound. Co-location allows immediate addressing of clinical problems and research translation into clinical practice
  • Deal directly with ‘raw’ ultrasound image data to write new algorithms for perfusion, vascular impedance, automation and evaluation of waveform data, camera-tracking-based stitching of 3D ultrasound and other tools
  • The first team in Australia to introduce a research-dedicated ultrasound machine


  • Novel technologies allow non-invasive evaluation of the foetus and neonate
  • Developed tools for whole organ labelling (segmentation)
  • The capacity to measure large organs or structures using 3D ultrasound
  • Novel Doppler assessment has been validated in an animal study

Successful outcomes

  • Pilot studies indicate that perfusion technology is a potential predictive marker of pre-eclampsia
  • Undertaking further clinical trials in foetal medicine, neonatology and gynaecology

Capabilities and facilities

  • Numerous dedicated research ultrasound machines as well as a dedicated research imaging space adjacent to the rest of the research facili