Faculty Advisor

Peura, Robert A.

Faculty Advisor

Pins, George D.


The goal of this project was to design an ear tissue phantom that would be used to test a non-invasive blood glucose monitor being developed by VivaScan Corporation in West Boylston, MA. The phantom was to have an identical near infrared spectrum to a human earlobe over the range of 1380 +/- 3nm and 1620 nm. The phantom that was constructed consisted of 55% water mixed in a silicone base. It was shown that this mixture of water and silicone adequately modeled the optical properties of the human earlobe over the desired measurement range.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering