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Taiwan team wins prize in global ultrasound challenge

2012/06/22 18:56:45

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) A team from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology took first prize in a global ultrasound challenge organized by the United Kingdom's renowned University of Oxford, according to a statement released by the Taiwan university on Friday.

The team, led by Wang Ching-wei -- a professor with the university's Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering, received its award from organizers of the 2012 Challenge Ultrasound: Biometric Measurements from Fetal Ultrasound Images on May 2nd in Barcelona, Spain, following a workshop in the city to introduce the team's research.

The challenge was divided into four divisions, with participants being required to accurately measure the length of a fetus' femur, head, abdomen and total body.

The Taiwanese team clinched first prize in the femur measurement category, and its research results will be published in the international scientific journal IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.

Wang pointed out that most of Taiwan's medical imaging hardware equipment lacks analysis software, but the automatic segmentation medical imaging analysis software designed by the team can accurately measure the dimension's of a baby's femur in 2.28 seconds.

"Compared with traditional manual measurements, this software can help doctors accurately analyze fetus ultrasound images and complete readings much faster," Wang said.

Peng Chun-wei, a student on the team, said the most difficult part of the challenge was how to design the software so it recorded important images but was able to distinguish between femurs and other similarly sized bones.

This year's challenge attracted 38 teams from countries including the U.K., Australia and Russia. Only seven teams made the final round.

Participating teams had from Jan. 20 to April 15 to design their software, obtain data and submit their results to the organizers.

(By Zoe Wei and C.J. Lin)