Simulation Methods in Ultrasound Imaging

This course will provide the required theoretic background on simulation methods for ultrasound propagation, beamforming and scattering, with or without non-linear effects. It will also provide practical knowledge of current simulation tools and in-vitro validation of their results.

The course will be held as part of the Norwegian Research School in Medical Imaging.



Among other, the course will cover simulation methods for the following processes:

- linear wave propagation (spatial impulse response, K-space, 2D and 3D models, ...);
- beam and image formation (1D and 2D arrays, adaptive beamforming, ...);
- the transducer and its electric pathways (XTRans);
- moving scatterers and dynamic objects (Doppler and tissue Doppler imaging);
- non-linear wave propagation (quasi-linear approximation, KZK equation, finite differences methods, ...);
- aberration (AberSim).


15-19 March (week 11) and 3-7 May (week 18) 2010


Center for Heart, Lung and Emergency Medicine (AHL), St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

Required previous knowledge

Master's Degree in Engineering or Physics or an equivalent education. TTK4160 Medical Imaging, TTK4165 Signal Processing in Medical Imaging and/or MEDT8012 Introduction to Ultrasound Technology.

Course materials

The book Foundations of Biomedical Ultrasound from Richard S.C. Cobbold and handouts.

Teaching methods and activities

Two full weeks of lectures and laboratory practice plus an assignment of approximately 60 hours.




7.5 (225 hours)