Undergrad Research Opportunity - Limb Volume Measurements for Tracking Lymphedema Progression Using the Kinect v2

Company: Georgia Institute of Technology


General Information
  • Job Type: Other
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Compensation: Research Credit
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Goal
To independently develop an application to utilize the Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor for measuring the volume of a human limb. The Kinect sensor is supplied with a C# and C++ SDK along with the Kinect Fusion API which makes 3D model generation very simple. Precise limb measurements are critical for diagnosing and assessing treatment strategies for lymphedema.

Introduction
The Laboratory of Lymphatic Biology and Bioengineering (LLBB) is part of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB). Headed by Dr. J. Brandon Dixon, LLBB is a multidisciplinary laboratory that encompasses people from various backgrounds (ECE, ME, BME, Bio and BioE). We study lymphatic biology in both health and disease. This is achieved through designing our own tools and systems.

Lymphedema is a disease caused by the loss of lymphatic vessel function in the human limbs. The most common cause of lymphedema in the United States is the removal of lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels during mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. Typically, the diagnosis and tracking of lymphedema is done using circumference and volume measurements of the affected limb using a conventional tape measure. Newer techniques using laser scanning have been developed for use in the clinic but they are expensive and do not lend themselves to patient self-monitoring. Using off the shelf depth sensors such as the new Kinect might offer a cheap and accurate mechanism to perform these measurements at home.

Deliverables
At the end of the project the student is expected to deliver a basic functional application (with a simple GUI) that is capable of measuring the volume and the circumference at multiple locations along a human arm. More detailed requirements will be given at the start of the project. In addition, the student is expected to submit a one-page proposal at the beginning of semester, a development update midway through the semester at a lab meeting, a final report and presentation at the end. The student will be asked for short progress reports as necessary.

For more information about the Kinect: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/

At the end of this semester-long project the student will have developed the following:

·         An appreciation and understanding of non-invasive diagnoses of lymphedema
·         Object oriented C# and C++ programing skills
·        Valuable insight into consumer level diagnostic medical devices
·        Communication skills through a proposal, presentation and reports
·        Team-working skills
·        Independent research experience
·        Exposure to a lab setting and lymphatic biology

 

Requirements

·        Must have prior experience with C++ or C#
·        Good knowledge of digital image processing
·        Kinect SDK experience a huge plus
·        Familiarity with Microsoft Visual Studio
·        Willingness to learn and good communication skills

 

For more information or consideration please email Timothy Kassis (Timothy.Kassis@gatech.edu) and attach a CV with any relevant research/programming experience.

How to Apply: Contact Timothy.Kassis@gatech.edu and attach your CV.