Measurement for our planet
Measurement for our planet

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Developing the next generation of ultrasound that industry can rely on

We provide services for ultrasound field measurement and test instrument calibration, as well as consultancy, advice and training. Our in-house modelling and measurement expertise enables us to design, build and validate bespoke instruments using ultrasound-based technologies. Purpose-built facilities and unique capabilities allow us to solve the most complex of measurement problems. We provide consultancy to assist with design, prototyping, production and optimisation, as well as quality assurance issues. Our UKAS-accredited hydrophone calibration services provide equipment manufacturers with the traceability required for regulatory approval.

NPL supports the development of new ultrasound imaging techniques to enable earlier diagnosis and treatment. Our in-depth understanding of the underlying physics, combined with traceable measurement capabilities, makes us the ideal partner for the development of new technologies and to support the demonstration of compliance to international regulatory standards for medical devices, such as EU MDR 2017/745.

We also support the application of ultrasound within industrial processes. This includes applications ranging from industrial cleaning, de-agglomeration of particles, sono-crystallisation and exfoliation of nanomaterials. Performance of most of these processes is linked to the cavitation generated by the application of ultrasound. NPL has measurement expertise in quantifying and mapping cavitation intensity which can enable industry to characterise and scale-up their processes with greater certainty. 

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Products and services

We have a suite of measurement services built around ultrasound field measurement, cavitation metrology and equipment calibration. Our experienced team and suite of laboratory techniques allow us to solve the most complex of measurement problems both for medical imaging and industrial processing.

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Transducer and hydrophone calibration
Medical ultrasound
Industrial ultrasound


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. Find out more about the research and development that we are doing.

Acoustics research

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Still struggling to work out what you need? We pride ourselves on giving sound technical advice to guide you. By combining expert advice, standard tests and bespoke consultancy, you can be confident in our approach.

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Case study

Developing standard dosages for new ultrasound techniques



Ensuring the safe use of ultrasound in pregnancy scanning



Find out more about our expertise in this area, and how we are creating impact from science and engineering.

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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