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Notre Dame, Purdue and GE Healthcare partner on new CT technology
Date:12/6/2011

h the Purdue Research Foundation's Office of Technology Commercialization program and Notre Dame's Office of Technology Transfer.

"We're pleased to have our engineering research contribute to a viable new product, particularly in an area so critical to our economy and our well-being as revolutionary medical diagnostics devices," said Bob Bernhard, vice president for research at Notre Dame. "We see the Veo project as a great example of close collaboration of university and industry."

"The development of this discovery is another excellent example of how a collaboration between Purdue and another institution, in this case Notre Dame, has resulted in a viable product that is being commercialized," said Joseph B. Hornett, senior vice president, treasurer and COO of the Purdue Research Foundation. "Last year, we signed 85 commercialization agreements to move Purdue discoveries to the public."

Veo was granted Food and Drug Administration clearance in the U.S. earlier this year.

Charles A. Bouman, the Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering at Purdue University, and Ken Sauer, associate professor of electrical engineering at Notre Dame, developed the technology over the past two decades in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Jiang Hsieh and Zhou Yu. Thibault and Yu worked on the technology as graduate assistants under Bouman and Sauer and both currently work for GE Healthcare.

"Conventional CT scanning takes thousands of views from different angles to 'see' organs, and then creates a 3-D image of the person," Bouman said. "Veo takes radiographic images digitally that use less light. A reduction in light means the radiation dosage is reduced. Then our computer algorithm uses model-based reconstruction more effectively so we can form a high-quality image with less radiation.

"Basically, Veo cleans up the noise or graininess and cre
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Contact: Ken Sauer
ken.d.sauer.1@nd.edu
574-631-6999
University of Notre Dame
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