Boulder Summer School on Ultrasound Contrast Agents

May 20-23, 2019


Microbubbles and other echogenic colloids are used in biomedical ultrasonics as contrast agents, molecular imaging probes and targeted drug delivery vehicles.  The short course entitled “Microbubbles and Nanodroplets for Biomedical Ultrasound Applications: Design Principles and Methods” given at the 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Kobe, Japan, provided an overview of the basic chemistry and physics of ultrasound contrast agents relevant to these applications.  This topical school will provide greater breadth and depth, focusing on practical tips to help you design and synthesize your own ultrasound contrast agents.  In addition to lectures, practical laboratory sessions will be held for hands-on demonstrations of microbubble synthesis and characterization.


The primary objectives of the school are as follows:

  • Expose participants to the fundamentals of ultrasound contrast agent engineering.
  • Enhance understanding of the participants about the processes involved in design and production of stable microbubble suspensions of desired size distribution.
  • To increase the awareness about the usefulness of microbubbles, nanodrops and other UCAs in important biomedical applications, such as ultrasound imaging and targeted drug delivery.

Teaching Faculty

  • Mark Borden, University of Colorado, USA
  • Todd Murray, University of Colorado, USA
  • Andrew Goodwin, University of Colorado, USA
  • Rik Vos, Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands
  • James Kwan, NTU, Singapore
  • Tim Segers, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Shashank Sirsi, UT Dallas, USA
  • Paul Dayton, UNC Chapel Hill, USA
Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging: This example shows contrast agent microbubbles perfusing into a tumor and highlighting the internal vasculature.

This summer school is generously supported by the CU Boulder Imaging Science IRT and the IEEE UFFC Society.

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