Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Computing Now: Medical Ultrasound Imaging: To GPU or Not to GPU

Since its introduction in the latter half of the 20th century, ultrasound has enjoyed a unique place in medical-imaging practice. Perhaps most well-known for its ability to scan a developing fetus inside a mother's womb, this imaging modality stands out from others such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in terms of real-time applicability and cost-effectiveness. An ultrasound system's compact size is another distinguishing feature of this modality. Modern-day ultrasound scanners are small enough to fit within a rollable trolley or even a portable tablet device. Such portability has made ultrasound indispensable for on-field medical assessments, emergency response, and other agile applications

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