Body Composition Evaluation

Prototype Development of an Image Capturing Device for Field Use

  • Viren Amin (Iowa State University)
  • Sean Berry (Iowa State University)
  • Doyle Wilson (Iowa State University)
  • Gene Rouse (Iowa State University)


Real-time ultrasound technology is now being used by many researchers and technicians for evaluating livestock composition, especially in beef and swine. The digitally captured ultrasound images are analyzed for fat thickness, ribeye crosssectional area, and percentage intramuscular fat (IMFAT). ISU researchers and ultrasound technicians have realized that the current method of capturing images using a regular portable PC has many problems including frequent failures in the field. ISU has developed a prototype device, called ÒBlackBoxÓ, that allows one to capture and store images in the field without frequent problems encountered with the regular PC. The primary goals of the design were to use minimal components and an easy to use software to capture images in the field. For field use, the BlackBox is a rugged unit with easy push-button operation. It will meet the demands of seedstock ultrasound scanning for later analysis by the technician or by a centralized processing center. It should also prove to be a useful tool for feedlot chute-side application.

Keywords: ASL R1439

How to Cite:

Amin, V., Berry, S., Wilson, D. & Rouse, G., (1998) “Prototype Development of an Image Capturing Device for Field Use”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1998
Peer Reviewed