Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2022, Vol. 6 ›› Issue (1): 33-37.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2022.220002

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Distributed Cloud-based Ultrasound Platform: Innovative Pathway to Develop Ultrasound Imaging System

Jianqiao Zhou, MDa,*()   

  1. aDepartment of Ultrasound, Ruijin Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China
  • Received:2022-02-06 Revised:2022-02-16 Online:2022-03-30 Published:2022-03-01
  • Contact: Jianqiao Zhou, MD,


The current medical ultrasound imaging device is mainly divided into console ultrasound device and portable ultrasound device. In this article, a new concept along with an innovative pathway to develop ultrasound imaging devices, namely distributed cloud-based ultrasound system (DCUS), was proposed. In DCUS, the ultrasound probes from multiple terminals are used to complete the transmission and reception as well as analog-to-digital conversion of ultrasonic signals, and upload the original radio frequency (RF) signals or in-phase and quadrature (IQ) signals to the cloud server through ultra-bandwidth high-speed communication technology, while the centralized cloud server platform finishes processing of ultrasonic signals and transmits and distributes ultrasound imaging to each related terminal in real time. Various artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can also be deployed on the cloud-based platform to achieve AI-powered imaging optimization, protocol standardization, and assisted diagnosis. Thus, by utilizing new cloud-based platform and super-high transmission technology and combining the advantages of console ultrasound and portable ultrasound systems with flexibility, high imaging quality and intelligent features, DCUS could become whole new ultrasound system for medical imaging applications in foreseeable future.

Key words: Ultrasound device; Portable ultrasound; Radio frequency signal; High-speed communication; Cloud server