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Atwater Kent Laboratories, 205
Phone: +1-508-831-5641
Fax: +1-508-831-5491

Peder C. Pedersen

I find it both challenging and rewarding to work on health care technologies that can facilitate diagnostic decision making. More specifically, I work in the area of medical ultrasound, which on one hand is a great imaging tool because it is safe and portable and inexpensive, but which on the other hand requires a significant skill level to use effectively. Thus, to expand the use of medical ultrasound, we need to develop effective training tools for acquiring the skills needed for ultrasound scanning; we need to design an easier-to-interpret and accurate image presentation to simplify diagnostic decisions: and we need good communications tools to make remote expert consultation possible.

In the Ultrasound Lab, we are engaged in such activities. We are developing a low-cost, realistic teaching tool for training in ultrasound scanning. This system allows the trainee to scan virtual subjects (much like a video game), recognizing anatomical landmarks and practicing making diagnostic decisions based on ultrasound images. Another project deals with the challenge of automated image analysis for trauma situations where ultrasound system may be in the hands of a less trained EMT. We are also using image compression tools so that ultrasound images can be streamed from anywhere over cell phone or WiFi networks. 

My teaching is closely related to my research, and I really enjoy sharing the knowledge of uncovering information that can only be extracted through signal and image processing.

Research Interests

  • ultrasound in telemedicine
  • reconfigurable ultrasound systems
  • 3D imaging
  • ultrasound in pulmonary medicine
  • analytic modeling techniques for pulse echo ultrasound


  • BSEE, Aalborg Engineering College - Denmark, 1971
  • ME, Bioengineering, University of Utah, 1974
  • PhD, Bioengineering, University of Utah, 1976

Featured Publications

  • M. Rowan and P.C. Pedersen, “An Injury Mimicking Ultrasound Phantom as a Training Tool for Diagnosis of Internal Trauma,” 2006 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, Vancouver, Canada, Oct., 2006, pp. 1613 - 1617
  • R.J. Duckworth, P. Cordeiro and P.C. Pedersen, “Clinical evaluation of wearable ultrasound imaging system,” 2006 American Telemedicine Assoc., San Diego, CA, May, 2006.
  • P.C. Pedersen, P. Cordeiro, R.J. Duckworth and T.L. Szabo, “Development and testing of wireless wearable ultrasound scanner,” 2006 AIUM Annual Convention, Washington DC, March 23 – 26, 2006.
  • J. Dey, D.A. Tighe, G. Vijayaraghavan, V. Mitra and P.C. Pedersen, “Prior-shape based segmentation of various objects in ultrasound images after speckle-reduction using level-set-based curvature reduction,” Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing. Edited by Reinhardt, Joseph M.; Pluim, Josien P. W. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 6144, San Diego, CA, Febr. 11 - 16, 2006, pp. 1515-1523, 2006.
  • P.C. Pedersen, V. Mitra and J. Dey, “Boundary detection in 3D ultrasound reconstruction using nearest neighbor map,” Medical Imaging 2006: Ultrasonic Imaging and Signal Processing. Edited by Emelianov, Stanislav; Walker, William F. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 6147, San Diego, CA, Febr. 11 - 16, 2006, pp. 57-67, 2006

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Professional Highlights

  • 1998: Joseph S. Satin Distinguished Fellow in Electrical Engineering
  • 2001 - 2003: WPI Teaching Technology Fellow
  • 2004: WPI-IEEE Community Service Award
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member
  • Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society of IEEE
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