Student-Led Medical Physics Research

Development of a Tracking Device for Mock MRI Training Sessions Using Raspberry Pi


Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) studies are important for research investigating brain activity of children. In order to ensure high quality fMRI experiments, a training protocol designed to reduce motion of participants during scanning is necessary. To address the problem of patient monitoring, students in Dr. Hauger’s electronics lab have been working on developing a motion sensor that will electronically measure a patient’s movement while undergoing an MRI. The system measures and tracks motion on the order of a mm using video capture technology interfaced to a Raspberry Pi computer.

This is a Medical Physics research project, which is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Davis of the Department of Pediatrics and Dr. Nathan Yanasak of the Department of Radiology.