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BME 440/441 Senior Design Project


Pressure Gauge Glove "Hand conditions are common in a variety of patients, ranging from hand injuries and arthritis to people experiencing muscle dystrophy. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that affects many people daily and it consists of deteriorating strength in muscles due to inflammation of the carpal tendons impinging on the nerves in the hand." Only viewable within the Stony Brook Community.


Minimization of the Franz Diffusion Chamber " Researchers and maintenance workers can often come in contact with toxic solutions of titanium dioxide, silica, aluminum, and other metal oxide nanoparticles. Some of these materials are known carcinogens or have been shown to lead to cardiovascular disease. A Franz-diffusion chamber allows investigators to assess how easily and how far a certain solution permeates into a specific tissue. A concern with Franz-Diffusion chambers which are currently on the market is that these devices can be quite expensive, costing approximately $500." Only viewable within the Stony Brook Community.


Portable Vertical Vibration Device: Our vertical vibration system will require both a function generator and an amplifier. A function generator is essentially how it sounds; it is a device or program that generates a function such as a sinusoidal waveform. An amplifier takes a signal and generally increases that signal for measurement or application purposes. For our device we will have a microcontroller, most likely an Arduino, that will either generate a sinusoidal signal or acquire that signal from a computer, with a user-defined frequency and amplitude. That signal will then travel to an amplifier, where it will be increased and sent to our motor via a motor controller. Only viewable within the Stony Brook Community.


LivMD Patient Compliance Device: LivMD* is a 19-pound, portable platform that creates low-intensity vibrations and can be used at home, in the office, or almost anywhere else. The device functions at an acceleration of 0.4g with a frequency of about 30Hz. At these levels, the platform's vibrations are capable of traveling through the body and affecting injured or ailing areas, without causing discomfort to the user. Because the system uses acceleration instead of force, there is no risk of further injury to the user. With just two five-minute sessions per day, patients can significantly reduce their pain. Only viewable within the Stony Brook Community.


Lab-on-a-chip: The World Health Organization is non-profit and is attempting to contain a disease that affects nearly 2 billion people. The product must be effective in identifying tuberculosis and extremely sensitive to the bacteria. False negatives must be extremely unlikely. False positives would be handled by the full diagnosis that is to follow screening, but should still be minimized. The cost of running a test must be low in order to allow mass screening multiple times. The time required before returning a result should also be minimized in order to allow reasonable containment and increase patient compliance.


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