The technologies conceived and developed by Matthew O’Donnell have transformed real-time ultrasonic imaging into a leading diagnostic tool. Envisioning a new approach to medical imaging, O’Donnell used the power of digital processing to address fundamental issues that limited image quality by employing real-time, adaptive array processing to overcome phase aberrations. Current high-end scanners feature many of the concepts developed by O’Donnell during the 1980s. He has also led the integration of real-time imaging systems into therapeutic devices, such as a synthetic imaging approach where the entire ultrasound array and front-end electronics are integrated into the tip of a coronary catheter. Other important contributions to medical imaging include his MRI phase contrast pulse sequence integral to today’s MRI angiography procedures.
An IEEE Life Fellow, O’Donnell is a professor and Dean Emeritus with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.