Biohacking in the medical field
May 23, 2017
The objective of this project is to propose an open-source, low-cost dev-kit ultrasound imaging to allow scientists, academics, hackers, makers or open hardware fans to hack ultrasound imaging.
What approach ?
- Going back to the time when ultrasound was all mechanical.
- Having a modular "approach"
- Simplify !
Bases of ultrasound imaging
Proof of concept
Cost of the set: 325$
- A probe on ebay: 75$
- High voltage module: 80$ of components
- Analog processing module: 80$ of components
- PCBs: 40$
- Acquisition Raspberry Pi: 40$
- Raspberry Pi: 10$
- 2-D mode imaging
- Measurements (bladder, ...)
- Biofeedback for stroke recovery
Limitation and opportunity
- Material is not certified
- Probe sensor limits the quality
- Be careful!
What I learned tinkering with stuff
- Build the tools you need
- Do and share
- Documentation here is key.
- A website that builds itself based on proper, simple and un-redondant information is needed.
Issues for "real" medical biohacking and towards medical uses
- Sensors sourcing
- Reliability of the device
- Training of users
We can discuss how
- to do a working dev-kit to share knowledge
- implement and efficient (err, lazy) way of documenting.
- share with a community
- better understand your "product"
- Re-using and improving hardware
- Using old hardware for new approaches