Ultrasound Skin-to-Bone Distance Tracking

Ultrasound Skin-to-Bone Distance Tracking

Student(s):

Ahmed Alluhaybi, Biomedical Engineering
Benjamin Havelka, Biomedical Engineering
Peter Illiya, Electrical Engineering
Daniel Tarchala, Biomedical Engineering
Gerald Watson, Biomedical Engineering

Advisor(s):

Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Kyle Mitchell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

For evaluating certain types of motion, such as a pitch delivered by a baseball pitcher, it is critical to measure the relationship of the bones involved, in real-time. This project involves developing a small device that is placed on the skin, either directly, or as part of a garment, that will use ultrasound to measure the distance from the skin to the bone. An array of these sensors, placed on the upper back and arm, can be used to determine the real-time movement of the bones (humerus and scapula) in 3-D space, enabling quantitative analysis of the pitcher’s motion.