Invention Medical imaging using methods from geosciences
Inventor Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics
This new technology transforms traditional ultrasound images into three-dimensional images that could improve the diagnosis of tumors, osteoporosis and other disorders. It combines recent advances in computational power with techniques originally developed for the study of earthquakes and subterranean structures.
A geoscientist by training, Jeroen Tromp has pioneered methods for mapping the subterranean world using naturally occurring seismic waves, the same waves caused by earthquakes. The waves speed up when they pass through a solid structure and slow down when they travel through underground pockets of magma. In the past several years, Tromp and his team have applied new computational methods to extract as much information as possible from seismic waves.
Development status Patent protection is pending. Princeton is seeking outside interest for further development of this technology.
Funding source Princeton University’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund