Rolle, Marsha Whitney
Dr. Melissa Mazan
Up to 80 percent of horses experience respiratory disorders due to their living environment. Current diagnostic methods are invasive and expensive. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is the only facility in New England with a non-invasive equine respiratory testing device. However, the device poses a risk to operators because it is not well attached, weighs 3 pounds, and protrudes 12 inches, causing it to disconnect if the horse moves suddenly. Our team designed a safer, less expensive, non-invasive device to measure equine lung function to improve testing availability and market potential. This small, lightweight device uses a thermistor-based sensor to measure airflow at low speeds. A LabVIEW program displays the airflow for the veterinarian to use for diagnoses.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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