The Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound (CIMU) is a world-class leader in ultrasound research and development.
Our talented multidisciplinary staff of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, technicians, and students works with a wide variety of researchers and medical professionals around the world to advance the expansion of the field.
CIMU staff (click image for enlargement)
These relationships are enhanced by many industry partnerships and help to foster CIMU's mission of research collaboration, development and commercialization of technology, and training and education of students and professionals.
Foster research collaborations
between UW faculty and their industrial partners on industrial and medical ultrasound projects
Develop industrial and medical ultrasound technology,
including instruments, techniques, ideas and products that have value to our society
with industry that enable this technology to be transferred to the commercial sector
Educate and train
students and technical professionals working in the fields of industrial and medical ultrasound
- High intensity focused ultrasound
- Acoustic hemostasis
- Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy
- Nonlinear acoustics
Tom Matula, Director
Flow cytometry techniques are advancing ultrasound contrast agent science and therapeutics. A hybrid instrument an off-the-shelf flow cytometer combined with an acoustic transducer counts, sizes, and measures microbubble viscosity and elasticity at megahertz frequencies.
SonoMotion: A budding start-up company to transition advanced research to an approved ultrasound-based system that treats kidney stone disease in hospitals and clinics around the world.
CIMU is imaging high-speed oscillating micro-bubbles in small blood vessels and observing how the bubble oscillations might help induce permeation, allowing drugs to be transported across that barrier and significantly improve uptake.
In the News
Move it along: Ultrasound to rid kidney stones sans surgery
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, Samantha Sauer
12 Jan 2016
Every year, more than a half-million people in the United States go to the emergency room for kidney stones. The common condition leads to hundreds of thousands of surgeries each year.
Two new technologies developed by University of Washington researchers could bring noninvasive relief to such patients.
Expelling stones with ultrasonic propulsion
Nature Reviews Urology, Rebecca Kelsey
17 Nov 2015
Ultrasonic propulsion can be used to reposition kidney stones and facilitate the passage of stone fragments, according to a new study.
2014 Awards of Excellence recognize campus, community contributions
UW News and Information
12 Jun 2014
The University of Washington honored the contributions and achievements of faculty, staff, distinguished alumni and top scholars during the 44th annual Awards of Excellence ceremony Thursday, June 12.
Inventors of a revolutionary treatment for kidney stones, the Rolling Stones Team is the first UW team to invent a device and pursue an investigational device exemption from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test on humans.
Zhou, Y., Y.-N. Wang, N. Farr, J. Zia, H. Chen, B.M. Ko, T. Khokhlova, T. Li, and J.H. Hwang, "Enhancement of small molecule delivery by pulsed high-intensity focused ultrasound: A parameter exploration," Ultrasound Med. Biol., 42, 956-963, doi:10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2015.12.009, 2016.
1 Apr 2016, Link
Dunmire, B., J.D. Harper, B.W. Cunitz, F.C. Lee, R. His, Z. Liu, M.R. Bailey, and M.D. Sorensen, "Use of the acoustic shadow width to determine kidney stone size with ultrasound," J. Urol., 195, 171-176, doi:10.1016/j.juro.2015.05.111, 2016.
1 Jan 2016, Link
Lee, F.C., R.S. Hsi, M.D. Sorensen, M. Paun, B. Dunmire, Z. Liu, M. Bailey, and J.D. Harper, "Renal vasoconstriction occurs early during shockwave lithotripsy in humans," J. Endourol., 29, 1392-1395, doi:10.1089/end.2015.0315, 2015.
1 Dec 2015, Link
Graduate and undergraduate students who wish to study ultrasound technology and science at the Applied Physics Laboratory work with CIMU advisors who have joint appointments in UW academic departments. More >>