With its structure, starting with theoretical observations in application-specific simulations, transducer development and modular ultrasound systems including innovative software solutions, right up to signal processing, the main department Ultrasound of the Fraunhofer IBMT covers the whole range of competences for system solutions in medical, biotechnological and technical applications.
With more than 40 members of staff in three business areas, and five highly specialized working groups, it is the largest ultrasound research unit in Europe. The competences of the working groups are based on more than 25 years of experience, and allow the development of all ultrasound system components, from materials with specially adapted properties, to application-specific ultrasound transducers, electronic system components and procedures, as well as software development, right up to sensor manufacturing and process development. Services range from consulting and feasibility studies to laboratory prototypes and prototype development, right up to certified product development, certification for clinical applications as well as clinical evaluation. An industrial share in turnover of around 70 % shows the high relevance of the main department for a wide range of partners in industry.