Biomedical Ultrasound Group


The Biomedical Ultrasound Group (BUG) provides a focus for research involving ultrasonics and acoustics within the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. Ultrasound is the most commonly used modality for diagnostic imaging, but it is also used in clinical practice for guiding surgical procedures and as an ablative therapy, for example, for treating solid organ cancers. Ultrasound, on its own, and more recently in combination with optical sensing techniques, has a wide variety of applications in biomedical science, and provides a powerful technique for investigating tissue structure and function, as well as for monitoring and delivering novel therapies.

Current Research

Modelling Ultrasound Propagation

  • k-Wave: a Matlab Toolbox for time domain modelling of broadband, nonlinear acoustic propagation through absorbing heterogeneous media.

Ultrasound-Guided Therapy

Acousto-Optic Sensing

Photoacoustic Imaging


  • Thomas Allen Biomedical photoacoustic imaging.
  • Dean Barratt HIFU planning, image registration.
  • Paul Beard Biomedical photoacoustic imaging, optical ultrasound detection, metrology.
  • Ben Cox Photoacoustic imaging: acoustic and optical simulations and image reconstructions, quantitative photoacoustics, k-space acoustic propagation models, inverse wave propagation, plane wave imaging and measurements, architectural acoustics.
  • Adrien Desjardins Minimally invasive devices, medical device tracking, optical spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, confocal microscopy, photoacoustics.
  • Jamie Harle Ultrasonic bioeffects, low level ultrasound therapy.
  • Terence Leung Acousto-optics.
  • Jean-Martial Mari Biomedical ultrasonics
  • Samuel Powell Ultrasound modulated optical tomography: finite-element and Monte-Carlo forward modelling, image reconstruction. High-speed┬ádigital┬ásignal processing. Ultrasonic transduction.
  • Bradley Treeby Linear and nonlinear acoustics, pseudo-spectral and k-space techniques, ultrasound modelling, ultrasonic properties of biological tissue, photoacoustic tomography, photoacoustic image reconstruction, medical imaging.