Ultrasound Technology: Applications and Research Efforts at Drexel
Mark E. Schafer, PhD
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Ultrasound technology has a wide range of applications, not only in healthcare, but throughout industry. This talk will first touch on that variety, and the interdisciplinary aspects of the ultrasound modality, from agriculture to oceanography, demonstrating the ubiquity of these controlled sound waves, and the power that comes from harnessing them. Probably every member of the audience has been “touched” by ultrasound, and the applications to healthcare include everything from assessing COVID status, to detecting pregnancy, to curing blindness, to removing blood clots, crushing kidney stones, to (almost) raising the dead.
The second part of the talk will present some of the research efforts at Drexel that focus on applying ultrasound to wound care, with a holistic approach that spans mechanisms of action, device design, and patient care, both direct and tele-remote. The current efforts of the Drexel Wound Healing Team will be presented, along with opportunities to contribute to our work.
Mark E. Schafer, PhD, recently joined Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems as a Research Professor. He has extensive expertise in ultrasound system development for medical applications, including combined ultrasound and therapeutic light sources for antibacterial treatment, as well as neurological applications of ultrasound. Dr. Schafer's experience includes diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical ultrasound, as well as lithotripsy devices, from initial design, development and testing through regulatory submission and intellectual property protection.
Dr. Schafer is PI on a just-awarded interdisciplinary Pennsylvania Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) grant. He has a PhD from Drexel University in Biomedical Engineering, an MS from Penn State University in Acoustics, and an SB from MIT in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Acoustical Society of America, and is President-Elect of the IEEE Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society.