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$
Need one of the custom boards? Message me at [email protected] !
Setup of the modules
Connecting the modules
Connecting the probe
The analog processing is managed by a HV+pulser module as well as an amplifier + enveloppe detector module. Tests were done in the respective module folders.
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
[email protected]:~$ 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
Automated list of supporting files for the experiment
List of files
Images of the Experiment
Setup for the 20160814a experiment, PRUDAQ based.
Loop acquired on 20160814a
Image acquired with the ATL probe on 20160814a
Details of the silent acquisition (enveloppe and raw signal) from the emulator (category: graph).
10Msps acquisition of each the enveloppe and raw signal. (category: graph).