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World-class metrology for medical ultrasound and underwater acoustics

Our experts develop new and improved acoustic measurement methods that impact on UK services and products, assure safety of medical systems and underpin environmental protection

NPL provides world-class standards for measurement and calibration, and key expertise in measurement related research and development, in the fields of medical ultrasound and underwater acoustics. We have purpose built facilities, some of which are unique in Europe, and our leading measurement scientists develop bespoke solutions to acoustic measurement problems.

We support hospitals and clinics, and manufacturers and industry, including offshore marine activities. Examples range from establishing new ultrasound diagnosis tools for cancer to developing methods to monitor the impact our activities have on the ocean environment.

We help manufacturers to ensure their apparatus meets required specifications, develop international standards for measuring sound and provide tailored training courses. This helps to ensure that valuable tools, like medical ultrasound devices, remain safe for patients and that the levels of sound in the ocean are properly assessed.

Take a look at the research we are doing.

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Find out how our acoustics experts can help you meet sound requirements, understand the impact of noise, and make use of acoustic tools and innovations.

Case study

Supporting reliable underwater sensors for the oil and gas industry


Case study

Monitoring the impact of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife