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Development of tissue-mimicking phantoms to validate a novel low-cost neuroimaging system

Primary Investigators:
Audrey Bowden
 
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.

Desired Qualifications: 
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
 
Contact Information:
Name: Audrey Bowden
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Email: a.bowden@vanderbilt.edu