There are two loops saved so far.
Hacking an old ultrasound probe with a module dev-kit
The aim of this experiment is double, namely to:
- check the behavior of the analog modules, and
- to check the behavior of an old ATL probe.
The modules have already been tested, but not the PRUDAQ. The advantage of the PRUDAQ versus the other DAQ is that the data is exposed as
/dev/beaglebone within the beaglebone black, and that it can store 320M worth of data in a single shot.
Imaging a small 1cm side cubic dice: acquisition during 1s.
Materials requirements / BOM
Some stuff, unexpensive to buy, to build a ultrasound testing kit -- 500$
- A power supply giving 3.3V and 5V (mogaba) -- 5$
- An analog processing (goblin) -- 130$
- A high voltage pulser (tobo) -- 110$
- A motherboard (doj) made out of stripboard -- 10$
- A pulser (oneeye) from a trinket pro -- 20$
- An old ATL probe (retroATL3) -- 75$
- A beaglebone and PRUDAQ (toadkiller) -- 150$
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Setup of the modules
Connecting the modules
Connecting the probe
Testing the ATL probe
The PRUDAQ was setup to capture 32M of files at 10MHz (Jumper 1 on the external position). The signal (the enveloppe) was clipped at 1.4V since the PRUDAQ only accepts a
One can export the data, exposed from
debian@beaglebone:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/beaglelogic of=sonde3V_1.bin bs=1M count=32 32+0 records in 32+0 records out 33554432 bytes (34 MB) copied, 0.939505 s, 35.7 MB/s
Analyzing the binary dump provides the following image. We can see 10 full images, shot in 1s -- hence a rotation speed of the probe at 3.3V of around 10 rotation per seconds.
Once the images segmented, we can isolate the images and scan-convert those. For the sake of experiment, I've been using a single simple nearest-neihghbour conversion:
Functional blocks and modules
- Debug the position control
- Add a feedback control to the motor
Acquiring a fantom image
The following acquisition was done with an old mechanical ultrasound probe, along with the pulser module, the analog processing module. The acquisition was done with a beaglebone PRUDAQ at 10Msps. I'm not mentionning the power supply module.
You can download the raw data at using this link.
The raw image
The animated image
Comparing with the fantom
I guess the points we see are the points on the left hand of the fantom. The top of the fantom is not seen as the near field artifact is at goes till around 2cm (according to the probe specs).
As seen in the list of probes, the probe we've been using has the following characteristics:
- near field artifact till 2cm
- focal point at 7cm
- Lateral resolution of 4.2mm at 7cm depth
- Axial resolution of 1.3mm at focal depth
This matches with what we're seeing.