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Researcher: Timothy Hall

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Areas of Expertise
  • Acoustic Scattering
  • Tissue Elasticity
  • Breast Imaging
  • Cervical Assessment
  • Ultrasound Phantom Devleopment
  • Ultrasonic wave propagation phenomena theory and measurements
  • Soft tissue biomechanics
  • Systems and methods for measuring microscopic and macroscopic mechanical properties of media
  • Medical ultrasound
  • Wave propagation in inhomogeneous media
  • Characterization of media based on interactions with ultrasonic waves
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Nonlinear hyperelasticity
  • Measurement of the fundamental mechanical properties of soft tissues
  • Test tools and teaching tools for ultrasonic imaging systems
  • Signal and image processing
  • Image registration
  • Ultrasonic strain imaging
  • Breast phantoms
Web Site Timothy Hall's Department of Medical Physics Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 9,157,894 - Automated ultrasonic elasticity image formation with quality measure, issued October 2015.
  • 9,078,592 - Ultrasonic strain imaging device with selectable cost-function, issued July 2015.
  • 9,060,709 - Method and apparatus for quantifying organization in collagenous tissue, issued June 2015.
  • 8,920,323 - Coupled axial and lateral displacement estimation for elasticity imaging, issued December 2014.
  • 8,727,986 - Method and apparatus for assessing risk of preterm delivery, issued May 2014.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20160089112 - Ultrasonic imaging system with angularly compounded acoustic radiation force excitation, published March 2016.
  • 20140276047 - Method and apparatus for quantifying organization in collagenous tissue, published September 2014.
  • 20140198961 - Automated ultrasonic elasticity image formation with quality measure, published July 2014.
  • 20120095333 - Coupled axial and lateral displacement estimation for elasticity imaging, published April 2012.
  • 20110149060 - Elasticity imaging device with improved characterization of seed displacement calculations, published June 2011.
Recent Publication(s)
  • A New Paradigm for the Role of Smooth Muscle Cells in the Human Cervix. Vink JY, Qin S, Brock CO, Zork NM, Feltovich HM, Chen X, Urie P, Myers KM,Hall TJ, Wapner R, Kitajewski JK, Shawber CJ, Gallos G. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May 7. pii: S0002-9378(16)30190-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.04.053. [Epub ahead of print]

  • A Tactile Sensor for Ultrasound Imaging Systems. Peng Y, Shkel YM, Hall TJ. IEEE Sens J. 2016 Feb 15;16(4):1044-1053. Epub 2015 Oct 26.

  • A coupled subsample displacement estimation method for ultrasound-based strain elastography. Jiang J, Hall TJ. Phys Med Biol. 2015 Nov 7;60(21):8347-64. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/60/21/8347. Epub 2015 Oct 12.

  • Acoustic Properties of Breast Fat. Nasief HG, Rosado-Mendez IM, Zagzebski JA, Hall TJ. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Nov;34(11):2007-16. doi: 10.7863/ultra.14.07039. Epub 2015 Oct 7.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Radiology
  • Lawrence Taylor, University of Rochester
  • Larry Whitesell and Jennifer Buck, Department of Cardiovascular Research
Research Tools
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-265-9459
Current University UW–Madison
Department Medical Physics / Biomedical Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 1153 Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
Address Line 2 1111 Highland Avenue
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53705
Bachelor's Degree B.A., University of Michigan-Flint, Physics, 1983
Master's Degree M.S., UW–Madison, Medical Physics, 1985
PhD Ph.D., UW–Madison, Medical Physics, 1988
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Elastography Method for Parallel Processing of Tissue Displacement Estimates

Rapid, Precise Ultrasonic Elasticity Imaging

Non-Invasive Ultrasound of Cervical Tissue Predicts Preterm Delivery Risk & Labor Induction Success

Optimizing Ultrasonic Elasticity Imaging with Selectable Inputs

Automated Evaluation of Ultrasonic Elasticity Images

Intelligent, Real-Time Tracking Method to Enhance Ultrasound-Based Strain and Elasticity Imaging

Cervical Probe Predicts Preterm Delivery Risk