• Duke Ultrasound Takes IUS 2023!

    The Duke Ultrasound group attended IUS 2023 in Montreal, Canada this past September (Dr. Nightingale not pictured). Time well spent learning, connecting, and eating poutine!

  • Congratulations to our newest PhD graduates!

    Congratulations to Dr. Derek Chan, Dr. Courtney Paley, and Dr. Felix Jin shown here after the Duke Graduate School Spring 2023 hooding ceremony at the Duke Chapel

  • Duke Ultrasound Presents at IEEE IUS 2022!

    Congratulations to members of the Duke Ultrasound Group who presented their research at the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Venice, Italy.

    ARFI-based PCa detection, increased precision of 3D over 2D SWEI in skeletal muscle, and neural-networks to model shear-wave propagation are just a portion of topics covered over lectures and poster presentations by the Ultrasound Group!!

  • Congratulations to our newest PhD graduates!

    Congratulations to Dr. Cody Morris, Dr. Katelyn Flint, Dr. Anna Knight, and Dr. Bofeng Zhang shown here with their advisors, Dr. Kathryn Nightingale and Dr. Gregg Trahey after the Duke Graduate School PhD hooding ceremony at the Duke Chapel

  • Dr. Nightingale wins Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award at AIUM

    Congratulations to Dr. Nightingale who won the Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).


The Nightingale lab seeks to investigate and improve ultrasonic imaging methods for clinically-relevant problems. We do this through theoretical, experimental, and simulation methods. The main focus of our work is the development of novel, acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI)-based elasticity imaging methods to generate images of the mechanical properties of tissue, involving interdisciplinary research in ultrasonics and tissue biomechanics. We have access to the engineering interfaces of several commercial ultrasound systems which allows us to design, rapidly prototype, and experimentally demonstrate custom sequences to explore novel beamforming and imaging concepts.

With FEM-based tools we are able to simulate the behavior of tissues during mechanical excitation, and we integrate these tools with ultrasonic imaging modeling tools to simulate the ARFI imaging process. Maintaining strong collaborations with the Duke University Medical Center, the lab hopes to to translate our new technologies to clinical practice. We work closely with the ultrasound manufacturing industry, in which many of our graduate students gain internship experience as well.

The ARFI imaging technologies we have developed serve as a basis for commercial imaging technique in clinics worldwide. The Nightingale lab, as well as the Duke Ultrasound group, seeks to investigate the benefits and challenges associated with ultrasonic imaging using elevated acoustic output, motivating the development of output limits based upon patient safety rather than historical precedence.