Scanning Ultrasound Reflector Linear Array System
The SURLAS (Scanning Ultrasound Reflector – Linear Arrays System) is a
superficial ultrasound hyperthermia system for simultaneous thermoradiotherapy.
After considerable developmental and testing efforts, we are in the process of
laboratory testing (incl. FDA) of a clinical system. The overall system
consists of an applicator, a 16-channel RF generator, a 16 channel-thermometry
unit, a PC with controlling software, and other supporting electronics. The
major functional parts of the applicator are two parallel-opposed ultrasound
arrays with electrical impedance matching networks, a scanning slider connected
to a dual-face acoustic reflector, slider scanning unit with magnetic movement
sensors, and the applicator’s acrylic body with a custom-molded silicone
membrane bolus. The ultrasound arrays (Navy Type I) operate at frequencies 1.9
MHz and 4.9 MHz. The water filled acrylic body with scanning reflector
(Styrofoam on acrylic plate) minimally perturbs/absorbs electron/photon beams
from a Linac. Each array has 8 independent elements. The treatment window is 16 cm x 16 cm. This configuration provides 3D power deposition controllability.
An electrical impedance matching network was designed for every piezoelectric
element separately to achieve a maximum output power from the ultrasound
arrays. The slider/reflector moving unit, the supporting electronics, and the
software assure an accurate, stable, and acoustically noiseless positioning of
the reflector. The SURLAS PC-based software monitors the proper operation of
the entire system, and coordinates all peripheral devices. The software is able
to communicate with the thermometry unit as well and provides multi-level
security, quality assurance, and treatment control features.
Support: NIH grant R01-CA63121
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Crossection of the SURLAS applicator model.
Disassembled model of the SURLAS applicator.
A prototype of the SURLAS applicator.
SURLAS software – setting up the heating sector configuration (the treatment window is
parceled in 64 independent 2cm by 2cm virtual sectors).
SURLAS software – configuration of the ultrasound arrays.
SURLAS software – device options window.