Hybrid Packaging and Integration Methods for Miniature Ultrasound Imaging Array
Final rept. 24 Jun-23 Dec 1996
TETRAD CORP ENGLEWOOD CO
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The feasibility of building small ultrasound imaging arrays with integrated electronics was explored. These arrays can be used to build laparoscopic, articulated, ultrasound imaging probes for use at forward military surgical locations or in emergency rooms and surgical suites. To achieve this goal, the critical items required are active multiplexer electronics and a multilayer interconnect means which provides for mounting and connection of 128 individual array elements to the imaging system console via a reduced number of signal channels. Methods for making the required interconnect structure were evaluated and evaluation of the overall package with respect to acoustic and thermal performance was performed. The outcome of this research indicates that it is possible to build light weight, articulated intraoperative and emergency surgery probes for use in forward surgical facilities or in field hospitals. Ultrasound imaging in these locations will guide emergency care by identification of bleeding and internal damage while simultaneously reducing surgical exploration. Ultimately, the military gains a new tool which can be used at forward surgery locations or field hospitals to perform quick exploration of wound sites and internal bleeding. Private sector surgeons gain a small, flexible means to guide minimally invasive surgery and therapy.
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
- Acoustooptic and Optoacoustic Devices