Video streaming using ultrasound as a communication channel: Towards a standalone device

Zhengchang Kou, Michael L. Oelze

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A future clinical goal of capsule endoscopy is to transmit high definition (HD) video in real time from inside the human body to an external device. Current electromagnetic wave approaches do not provide enough data rates to achieve video streaming let alone at HD. In a previous study, we verified highspeed communication through tissue using ultrasound with data rates up to 30 Mbps [1]. The system used single-element focused transducers operating at 5 MHz using a Tabor WW1281 arbitrary waveform generator and power amplifier. To move towards a capsule endoscopy system, a smaller hardware footprint is required. We designed an OFDM modulation scheme, which was compatible with an in-tissue ultrasound communication channel and verified the scheme with 2-mm sonomicrocrystal as the transmit transducer and IP103 linear array as receive transducer. A 3 Mbps data rate was achieved with this setup. Furthermore, we implemented the transmitter with an FPGA to achieve real-time video streaming through tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIUS 2020 - International Ultrasonics Symposium, Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781728154480
StatePublished - Sep 7 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2020 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Sep 7 2020Sep 11 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


Conference2020 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Array
  • Communication
  • OFDM
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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