Prof. Marc Desmulliez, Director of the Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems, has recently been awarded a £5M EPSRC funded programme grant led by Prof. Sandy Cochran from the University of Dundee, with Prof. David Cummins, from the University of Glasgow as co-investigator.

The project, called Sonopill, aims to explore ultrasound imaging and therapeutic capabilities deployed in capsule format that is to be digested by the patient. This work is to be supported by extensive pre-clinical work to demonstrate the complementary nature of ultrasound and visual imaging, along with studies of multimodal diagnosis and therapy, and of mechanisms to control the motion of the Sonopill as it travels through the GI tract.

This brings challenges and opportunities in areas including ultrasound device and systems design, microengineering and microelectronic packaging, autonomous capsule positioning, sensor suites for diagnosis and intervention, and routes to translation into clinical practice.

The project is to start early July and is a direct consequence of the IsPUD project financed by the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University.