Development of tissue-mimicking phantoms for validation of technology for low-cost neuroimaging
Brief Description of Project:
Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a non-invasive method to monitor brain activity. Our lab has developed a low-cost fNIRS system for use at home by children with ADHD. As we continue to develop new iterations of the device, we need a reliable way to validate their functionality and operation. Our plan is to use “fake human tissue” (i.e., a tissue-mimicking phantom) to test the performance of our device prior to deploying it in humans.
Required: Experience in MATLAB and circuit design/analysis
Desired: Experience with CAD design for 3D printing
Nature of Supervision:
Student will be directly supervised by Primary Investigator and her graduate students.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Week 0-2: Introduction to fNIRS and our existing technology, data processing
Week 2-4: Research on existing tissue-mimicking phantoms
Week 5-7: Hands on fabrication of novel phantoms
Week 8-9: Testing of novel phantom with existing fNIRS systems
Week 9-10: Compile data, summarize results, submit abstract for relevant conference.
Number of Open Slots: 1
Name: Audrey Bowden
Department: Biomedical Engineering