DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/dmd2021-1049May 11, 2021Proceedings Paper

Design of an Ultrasound Probe Holder to Minimize Motion Artifact During Sonography

Smruti MahapatraTarana Parvez Kaovasia

Abstract

Standard diagnostic ultrasound imaging procedures heavily rely on a sonographer for image acquisition. Given the ultrasound probe is manually manipulated by the sonographer, there is a potential for noise artifacts like blurry acquired images caused by involuntary hand movements. Certain surgical procedures can also cause patients to exhibit involuntary “jumping” movements while on the operating table leading to further deterioration in ultrasound image quality. In this study, we attempt to mitigate these problems by fabricating a 3D-printed ultrasound probe holder. Due to the lightweight nature of the device, it can attach to surgical retractors without influencing the functionality of the retractor. Therefore, the 3D printed probe holder not only reduces relative motion between the probe and the patient, but also reduce the need for a sonographer during complex surgeries.

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