• Dr. Nightingale wins IEEE Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonics Award

    Dr. Nightingale won the Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonics Award, presented at IEEE IUS 2021.

    Read more about it here



  • Celebrating Spring 2021 Lab Graduates

    Thanks to vaccines we were able to hold an outdoor celebration of all our Spring 2021 Lab graduates: Cody Morris who completed his PhD, Katelyn Offerdahl and Yangpei Liu who finished their Master's degrees, and Becky Arbiv who finished undergrad! 

  • Dr. Nightingale named to National Advisory Council for NIBIB

    Congratulations to Dr. Nightingale who has been named to the National Advisory Council for NIBIB!

    Check out the press release here!



  • MEDx Collaboration Grant with Dr. Lisa Hobson-Webb

    Dr. Nightingale and Dr. Lisa Hobson-Webb received a MEDx award for their collaboration to develop non-invasive 3-D muscle imaging technology.

  • Dr. Nightingale named to NAI

    Dr. Nightingale was named to the National Academy of Inventors latest class of fellows. Check out the article here


The goals of our laboratory are 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. We employ FEM modeling methods to simulate the behavior of tissues during mechanical excitation, and we have integrated these tools with ultrasonic imaging modeling tools to simulate the ARFI imaging process. We maintain strong collaborations with the Duke University Medical Center where we work to translate our technologies to clinical practice, as well as with ultrasound manufacturers, with whom many of our graduate students perform industry internships. The ARFI imaging technologies we have developed have served as the basis for commercial imaging technologies that are now being used in clinics throughout the world. We are also leading an effort 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.