134.157 Ultrasound in Nature, Engineering and Medicine
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to comprehend the sujects presented in the lecture and to draw conclusions from them as well as to actively communicate the contents presented during the lecture.

Subject of course

SONAR orientation sense of bat and dolphin; importance of SONAR for the U-Boot localisation in world war II;
Ultrasound location and imaging : Sonic cameras, acoustic source location,  echo  and transmission location; Basics of echo-location: Ultrasound beam forming, echo-puls shaping and chirping;  NDT (non-destructive material testing) using Ultrasound ; Diagnostic Ultrasound (Sonography) including A- B- and 3D modes, Doppler, harmonic imaging, elastography and Ultrasound microscopy; Qaulity assurance in medical ultrasound;
Sono-luminiscence; Ultrasonic separation of suspended particles: Highlights of the European Training and Mobility Network UltraSonoSep: Acoustic bio-cell filters; Ultrasonic emulsion splitting (http://www.iap.tuwien.ac.at/www/euss);
Therapeutic ultrasound: Heat Treatment; Lithotripsy, Sonothrombolysis; Sonoporation.

Teaching methods

The VU essentially contains two partsi.e. the basic lecture and questions to be answered and elaborated by by the students infront of the lectureres and the fellow students.

The relevant questions are published at the end of each main chapter.Simpler questions may be grouped more complex and elaborate question may give a task in themselves.  Those students who want to get points for the practical part should elaborate answers to these tasks and send them to the respective lecturer at least 24h befor his next lecture. (This will be possible either in specially published forums or at the internet-adress of the relevant lecturer. Details will be established with the students during the first lecture).


Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed08:00 - 10:0016.03.2022 - 15.06.2022Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Lecture - Introduction
Ultrasound in Nature, Engineering and Medicine - Single appointments
Wed16.03.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Lecture - Introduction
Wed23.03.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Sound propagation and imaging
Wed30.03.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Beam forming basics
Wed06.04.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Transducer concepts
Wed27.04.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Medical imaging
Wed04.05.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Ultrasound in nature
Wed11.05.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Ultrasound particle manipulation
Wed18.05.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Medical imaging quality assurance
Wed25.05.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Bubbles, sensors
Wed01.06.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Ultrasound non-destructive testing
Wed08.06.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Wrapups and left overs
Wed15.06.202208:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 A Repetitorium

Examination modalities

The toal evauation of the VU-Unit contains the points for the written exam and points that can be gained by preenting answers to the the set of questions presented in the methods used. Details for the point to be gained will be given during the first lecture. 

There will be a maximum of 66 points given for the test and maximum of 20 points for the presentations.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri08:00 - 10:0016.06.2023FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH written10.05.2023 12:00 - 13.06.2023 12:00TISSFinal written test

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.03.2022 00:00 09.03.2022 08:00 09.03.2022 08:00

Registration modalities

Please use TISS https://TISS.tuwien.ac.at/ to apply for final exam



Lecture slides and supporting material are provided electronically.

Previous knowledge

Bachelor or equivalent preeducation required. A personal laptop is strongly recommended, because it allows the use of electronic document copies of the provided lecture material and to perform simulations and calculations.

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


  • Attendance Required!