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PhD in Microultrasound arrays for diagnosis of skin pathologies


  Prof Sandy Cochran, Dr Miklós Gyöngy  Thursday, June 30, 2022  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Industrial Partner: Dermus

Microultrasound, at frequencies of 30 MHz and more, has numerous applications, including in dermatology, where skin cancer is a particular focus. This is the most common cancer in the developed world, affecting 1 in 5 people. Early diagnosis can reduce mortality rates and affects recurrence, treatment time and cost, and prognosis. Optical viewing does not provide complete information but accurate detection of tumor boundaries for conservative surgical treatment of basal cell carcinoma reduces the recurrence rate by a factor exceeding three. Dermus, the project partner, produces microultrasound imaging equipment which complements optical viewing, with the motivation to aid clinicians in treatment planning.

Key Objectives

The Dermus Skinscanner system is based on single-element transducers; the project that is now proposed aims to explore how to implement microultrasound array imaging to improve its performance.

Specific objectives include:

  • To understand established and potential capabilities of microultrasound for imaging of skin pathologies, including with single-element and array transducers.
  • To explore the different possibilities for microultrasound array fabrication with designs able to meet the needs of skin scanning.
  • To establish one or more practical routes for fabrication and to computer-based models to demonstrate their performance.
  • To fabricate viable prototype devices and to demonstrate their basic performance parameters and their potential for accurate diagnosis of skin pathologies.


A student choosing this project will have gained sufficient basic understanding from taught classes to provide all the necessary pre-requisite skills. During the project, they will develop further understanding of:

  • How to analyse a clinical problem and develop potential solutions for it.
  • The operation of ultrasound imaging systems with single-element and array transducers.
  • The range of operating principles on which microultrasound devices can be based.
  • Computer modelling techniques for ultrasound devices and associated components.
  • Fabrication and interconnection methodologies for microultrasound devices.
  • Validation and practical demonstration of devices for the diagnosis of skin pathologies.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Glasgow online application system with a cover letter, CV, two references and your transcript/degree certificate. When applying to this project, please insert the project name in to the “proposed thesis title” section and add “Prof Sandy Cochran” as the supervisor for the application.

Application deadline: 30th April 2022

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Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK Home applicants and a stipend at the Research Council rate (£16,062 for 2022/23). To be eligible for a fully-funded Home studentship, you must be:
• a UK citizen (who has been resident in the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar for the past three years)
• an EU citizen with ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status in the UK.
• an applicant with ‘indefinite leave to remain or enter’ the UK
We also accept international applicants that can self-fund or bring external funding to cover their tuition and living costs.

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