Temple University, Adjunct Faculty, Department of
Film and Media Arts
Drexel University, Research Affiliate Professor, Biomedical
AND ASSOCIATES, Elkton, MD
Medical Electronics and New Concept Development Group (2012–
Technology assessment, early stage R&D, and new product development
- investigating and designing therapeutic, diagnostic, and implantable
electronic technologies to complement and expand Gore's established
medical product portfolio.
INDEPENDENT DESIGNER CONSULTANT, Philadelphia,
Medical and Industrial Ultrasound (1997– Present)
Systems designer specializing in medical and industrial ultrasound including
therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound, NDT/NDE, and ultrasound measurement
and control applications. Provide technical advice, analysis, and design
support to academic researchers and the ultrasound industry. Experienced
in physical acoustics, RF/analog circuit design, digital hardware design,
custom prototype construction, and embedded software applications.
Interactive Exhibition Design (2001– Present)
Interactive exhibition designer, installation artist, and adjunct professor
of Physical Computing at Temple University. Have created custom hardware
and software for clients including The Please Touch Museum, Madrid Abierto,
The Independence Seaport Museum, The Gulf Coast Exploreum, and The Franklin
LLC, Philadelphia, PA
VP, System Development and Integration (2009 –
Headed a team developing a next generation diagnostic ultrasound breast
screening technology. Patented algorithms for detection and localization
and developed approaches for practical implementation. Managed a group
of 7 engineers and physicists. Designed and prototyped specialized skin
contact acoustic sensors. Directed basic research into optimization
and coordinated the integration of the technology into a major medical
partner's imaging platform.
SPECTRASONICS IMAGING INC., Wayne, PA
Director of Research and Development (November 1997
– June 2007)
Founding member of a team which developed several high-powered therapeutic
ultrasound systems. Investigated the use of ultrasound therapy in cardiac
applications. Designed hardware to acquire digitized RF data from a
commercial medical imaging engine. Wrote and administered phase I and
II SBIR grants to develop an ultrasonic prostate cancer detection/biopsy
guidance system. Detection algorithm ran on a SHARC processor network
embedded in a PC platform, DSP code was written in C++, and user interface
was created using Visual C++/MFC. System was interfaced with a commercial
ultrasonic imager and entered clinical trials in October 2000. Applied
for 2 patents related to this technology.
ULTRAFAST INC. Malvern, PA
Senior Staff Scientist (March 1993 - November 1997)
Senior Staff Scientist in charge of ultrasonic research and analog circuit
development. Designed the thin film piezoelectric transducer and HF
analog front-end electronics used in an ultrasonic load-measurement
system. Wrote firmware and user interface software in Borland C++. Modeled
the ultrasonic transducer using PIEZOCAD and developed a model of acoustic
propagation within a fastener for use in house. Applied for 4 PATENTS
related to enhancement of the technology. The detection and excitation
electronics were designed to interface with automated tightening equipment
and were miniaturized and optimized for low power operation.
DREXEL UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, PA
Research Assistant (Oct. 1987 - Oct. 1992)
Ph.D candidate working in the field of Biomedical Ultrasound. Developed
and tested a model of ultrasonic wave propagation in biological tissue-like
media. Project was funded by a two year NSF award. Ph.D. dissertation
focused on including the effects of nonlinear acoustic phenomena into
the propagation model.
Method for locating the position of a microcalcification in a human breast.
US #8,622,909 O'Ruanaidh, Joseph; Vecchio, Christopher J;. Rambod, Edmond;
7 January 2014.
Method for detecting and locating a target using phase information.
US #8,372,006 O'Ruanaidh, Joseph; Vecchio, Christopher J;. Rambod, Edmond;
12 February 2013.
Use of Coded Excitation Schemes in the Detection and Location of a Target
in a Human Body such as Breast Calcifications.
US #8,109,878 O’Ruanaidh, Graff, Vecchio, Rambod and Snukal; 7 February
Non-Invasive Ultrasound Cardiac Pacemaker and Defibrillator
US Application # 20100094149 Kohut, Kumik, Lewin and Vecchio, 11 September
Apparatus and method for locating therapeutic seeds implanted in a human
US #6,387,036 Bernardi, Richard Bruce; Vecchio, Christopher J., 10 Sept
Minimizing the effect of bending on ultrasonic measurements in a load-bearing
US #6,009,759, Vecchio, Christopher J., Kibblewhite, Ian E.; 4 Jan 2000.
Technique for eliminating ambiguity when making pulse-echo timing measurements.
US #6,009,380 Vecchio, Christopher J., Kotas, Donald E., 28 Dec 1999.
"The Potential of Ultrasound in Cardiac Pacing and Rhythm Modulation",
Andrew R. Kohut, Christopher Vecchio, Dan Adam, & Peter A. Lewin,
Expert Review of Medical Devices, August 2016, doi:10.1080/17434440.2016.1217772
"Ultrasound-induced Modulation of Cardiac Rhythm in Neonatal Rat
Ventricular Cardiomyocytes”, Andrew Fleischman, Andrew R. Kohut,
Christopher Vecchio, Youhan Sunny, Christopher R. Bawiec, Peter A. Lewin,
Yasha Kresh, J Appl Physiol (April 9, 2015) doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00980.2014
“Determination of Vibrating Structure patterns using Acoustic Waves,”
P.A. Lewin, W.A. Berger,
C.J. Vecchio, M.E. Schafer, 9th ASME Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
ESDA 2008, July 7-9, 2008, Haifa, Israel.
“Excitation Enhanced Imaging for breast cancer detection: in vitro
and in vivo results.“ F. Forsberg, R. J. Ro, W. T. Shi, M. K. Knauer,
K. Sarkar, A. L. Hall, C. Vecchio, R. Bernardi. Proc Era of Hope, DoD
Breast Cancer Research Meet, pp. 60, 2008
“Real-time excitation-enhanced ultrasound contrast imaging.”
Flemming Forsberg, William T Shi, Michael K Knauer, Anne L Hall, Chris
Vecchio, Richard Bernardi, Ultrason Imaging. 2005 Apr ;27 (2): p. 65-74
“A System Integrating HIFU Exposure Capabilities with Multiple
Modes of Synchronous Ultrasonic Monitoring.” Muratore, Robert; Lizzi,
Frederic L.; Ketterling, Jeffrey A.; Kalisz, Andrew; Bernardi, Richard
B.; Vecchio, Christopher J.; Muratore, Robert., AIP Conference Proceedings
03/28/2005. Vol.754, p.33-35
“A system integrating HIFU exposure capabilities with multiple modes
of synchronous ultrasonic monitoring.” Muratore R, Lizzi FL, Ketterling
JA, Andrew K, Bernardi RB, Vecchio CJ. In: ter Haar GR, Rivens I, editors.
4th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound; Kyoto, Japan; 2004
September 18-20. Melville: American Institute of Physics; 2005. p. 33-35.
“Image enhancement by acoustic conditioning of ultrasound contrast
William T Shi, Flemming Forsberg, Ronald Bautista, Chris Vecchio, Richard
Bernardi, Barry B Goldberg, Ultrasound Med Biol. 2004 Feb ;30 (2): p.191-198
“HIFU2: Integrated therapeutic diagnostic ultrasound system,”
R. Muratore, J. Ketterling, C. Vecchio, R. Bernardi, M. Knauer, Proc.
3rd Int. Symp. on Therapeutic Ultrasound, pp. 393-398, 2003
“Effect of nonlinearity on lesion formation for high-intensity
focused ultrasound (HIFU) exposures,” Lee, Paul; Lizzi, Frederic
L.; Ketterling, Jeffrey A.; Vecchio, Christopher J., Acoustical Society
of America Journal, Volume 115, Issue 5, pp. 2449-2449 (2001).
Shi WT, Bautista R, Forsberg F, Vecchio C, Bernardi R, Goldberg BB:
”Evaluation of excitation-enhanced ultrasound contrast imaging.”
Med 2001; 20: S12.
”Effects of beam asymmetry on ultrasonic thermal lesions. “
Lizzi FL, Deng CX, Coleman DJ, Silverman RH, Bernardi RB, Vecchio CJ.
In: Schneider SC, Levy M, McAvoy BR, editors. Proceedings of the 1999
IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium. New York: Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers; 2000. p. 1423-1426.
Shi WT, Forsberg F, Bautista R, Vecchio C, Bernardi R, Goldberg BB:
”Active enhancement of ultrasound contrast imaging”, Proceedings
International Ultrasonics Symposium, 1893-1896 (2000).
Forsberg F, Bautista R, Shi WT, Vecchio C, Bernardi R, Goldberg BB:
”Excitation enhanced ultrasound contrast imaging.” Ultrasound
Med Biol 2000;
Vecchio, C.J., "Creation of an Intelligent Fastener using Piezoelectric
Thin Film Techniques," Submitted to IEEE Journal of Ultrasonics,
Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (1996).
Vecchio, C.J. and Lewin, P.A., "Finite amplitude acoustic propagation
modeling using the extended angular spectrum method," Journal of
the Acoustical Society of America, JASA 95 (5), pp. 2399-2408, 1994.
Vecchio, C.J., Schafer, M.E., and Lewin, P.A., "Prediction of Ultrasonic
Field Propagation through Layered Media using the Extended Angular Spectrum
Method," Ultrasound in Med. and Bio., Vol. 20, No. 8, 1994.
Vecchio, C.J. and Lewin, P.A., "Acoustic Propagation Modeling Using
the Extended Angular Spectrum Method," Proceedings of the 14th Annual
International Conference IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society,
“An experimental investigation of fundamental limitations on ultrasonic
Vecchio, Chris; Lewin, Peter A.. Proceedings of the Annual Conference
on Engineering in Medicine and Biology (0589-1019) 01/01/1990.p.281-282