Kathryn Radabaugh Nightingale
Theo Pilkington Distinguished Professor of Biomedical EngineeringThe goals of our laboratory are to investigate and improve ultrasonic imaging methods for clinically-relevant problems. We do this through theoretical, experimental, and simulation methods. The main focus of our recent work is the development of novel, acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI)-based elasticity imaging methods to generate images of the mechanical properties of tissue, involving interdisciplinary research in ultrasonics and tissue biomechanics. We have access to the engineering interfaces of several commercial ultrasound systems which allows us to design, rapidly prototype, and experimentally demonstrate custom sequences to explore novel beamforming and imaging concepts. We employ FEM modeling methods to simulate the behavior of tissues during mechanical excitation, and we have integrated these tools with ultrasonic imaging modeling tools to simulate the ARFI imaging process. We maintain strong collaborations with the Duke University Medical Center where we work to translate our technologies to clinical practice. The ARFI imaging technologies we have developed have served as the basis for commercial imaging technologies that are now being used in clinics throughout the world. We are also studying the risks and benefits of increasing acoustic output energy for specific clinical imaging scenarios, with the goal of improving ultrasonic image quality in the difficult-to-image patient.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Theo Pilkington Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
- Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
- Bass Fellow
- Office Location: 277 Hudson Hall Annex, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5175
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Duke University, 1997
- B.S. Duke University, 1989
Research InterestsUltrasonic and elasticity imaging, specifically nonlinear propagation, acoustic streaming and radiation force; the intentional generation of these phenomena for the purpose of tissue characterization; finite element modeling of normal and diseased tissue when exposed to ultrasound, and performing both phantom and clinical experiments investigating these phenomena. Other areas of interest include prostate imaging, abdominal imaging, image-guided therapies, and the bioeffects of ultrasound.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2022
- Fellow (NAI). National Academy of Inventors. 2019
- Lois and John L. Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2018
- Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2016
- Capers and Marion McDonald Teaching and Research Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2015
- Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2007
- BME 354L: Introduction to Medical Instrumentation
- BME 493-1: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 542: Principles of Ultrasound Imaging (GE, IM)
- BME 845: Elasticity Imaging
In the News
- Nightingale, Wilson Elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (Dec 6, 2019 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Duke Adds 21 Faculty to Distinguished Faculty Rank (May 7, 2019)
- Bringing Scholarship to the Classroom (Nov 19, 2013 | Duke Today)
- Paley, CT; Knight, AE; Jin, FQ; Moavenzadeh, SR; Pietrosimone, LS; Hobson-Webb, LD; Rouze, NC; Palmeri, ML; Nightingale, KR, Repeatability of Rotational 3-D Shear Wave Elasticity Imaging Measurements in Skeletal Muscle., Ultrasound Med Biol, vol 49 no. 3 (2023), pp. 750-760 [10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2022.10.012] [abs].
- Zhang, B; Bottenus, N; Jin, FQ; Nightingale, KR, Quantifying the Impact of Imaging Through Body Walls on Shear Wave Elasticity Measurements., Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, vol 49 no. 3 (2023), pp. 734-749 [10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2022.10.005] [abs].
- Knight, AE; Jin, FQ; Paley, CT; Rouze, NC; Moavenzadeh, SR; Pietrosimone, LS; Palmeri, ML; Nightingale, KR, Parametric Analysis of SV Mode Shear Waves in Transversely Isotropic Materials Using Ultrasonic Rotational 3-D SWEI., Ieee Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control, vol 69 no. 11 (2022), pp. 3145-3154 [10.1109/TUFFC.2022.3203935] [abs].
- McCune, EP; Le, DQ; Lindholm, P; Nightingale, KR; Dayton, PA; Papadopoulou, V, Perspective on ultrasound bioeffects and possible implications for continuous post-dive monitoring safety., Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, vol 52 no. 2 (2022), pp. 136-148 [10.28920/dhm52.2.136-148] [abs].
- Rouze, NC; Caenen, A; Nightingale, KR, Phase and group velocities for shear wave propagation in an incompressible, hyperelastic material with uniaxial stretch., Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol 67 no. 9 (2022) [10.1088/1361-6560/ac5bfc] [abs].