Welcome to the UEIL

Led by Prof. Elisa Konofagou, the Ultrasound and Elasticity Imaging Laboratory works on developing novel, ultrasound-based techniques for both imaging and therapeutic applications. Some of the ongoing research in the UEIL includes:

  • Enabling targeted drug delivery to the brain by opening the blood-brain barrier with focused ultrasound.

  • Mapping the mechanical and electromechanical properties of the heart using myocardial elastography and electromechanical wave imaging.

  • Monitoring High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) ablation therapy with harmonic motion imaging.

  • Using pulse wave imaging to quantify arterial wall mechanics and blood flow dynamics to characterize vascular diseases, including carotid atherosclerosis and hypertension. 

  • Modulating neural activity in the central and peripheral nervous system through high-intensity focused ultrasound.

The UEIL is located in the Columbia University Medical Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and is part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. If you have any additional inquiries, or if you would be interested in collaborating with our laboratory, please feel free to contact us.

Latest Lab Events and Celebrations

Latest News

May 13, 2024

Fotis Tsitsos will present groundbreaking research at ASA in Ottawa

Fotis Tsitsos will be giving a talk at the ASA Conference in Ottawa on Monday, May 13. The title is: "Extracellular vesicle response following focused ultrasound-mediated blood–brain barrier opening for the detection of Alzheimer’s pathology". The session is 1aBAa: Sonobiopsy for Noninvasive Molecular Diagnosis and the talk is at 9:30 am. Here is the abstract for this talk:

May 13, 2024

"Ultrasound Isn’t Just for Pregnancy. How It’s Helping Treat the Brain" with Dr. Elisa Konofagou on WSJ's podcast

Join Dr. Elisa Konofagou on The Wall Street Journal’s podcast, "The Future of Everything," where she discusses the innovative use of ultrasound far beyond pregnancy scans. Dr. Konofagou highlights how this technology can disrupt the blood-brain barrier, paving the way for easier and less invasive treatments for brain conditions like cancer. Learn more about how ultrasound is set to revolutionize direct diagnosis and treatment methods. Listen to the podcast here.