Body-ultrasound Sonography With Arduino

My hobby and passion is to realize physics projects. One of my last work is about ultrasonic sonography. As always I tried to make it as simple as possible with parts you can get on ebay or aliexpress. So let’s take a look how far I can go with my simple items…

I was inspired by this a bit more complicated and more expensive project:…

Here are the parts you’ll need for my project:

the main parts:

for the transmitter:

  • a step-up-converter for the needed 100V for 5 USD: 100V boost converter
  • a common step-up-converter supplying 12-15V for the 100V-boost-converter for 2 USD: XL6009 boost-converter
  • a LM7805 voltage regulator
  • monoflop-IC 74121
  • mosfet-driver ICL7667
  • IRL620 mosfet: IRL620
  • capacitors with 1nF (1x), 50pF (1x), 0.1µF (1x electrolytic), 47µF (1x electrolytic), 20 µF (1 x electrolytic for 200V), 100 nF (2x MKP for 200V: 100nF20µF
  • resistors with 3kOhm (0.25W), 10kOhm (0.25W) and 50Ohm (1W)
  • 10 kOhm potentiometer
  • 2 pcs. C5-sockets: 7 USD C5 socket

for the receiver:

  • 3 pcs. AD811 operational amplifie: ebay AD811
  • 1 pcs. LM7171 operational amplifie: ebay LM7171
  • 5 x 1 nF capacitor, 8 x 100nF capacitor
  • 4 x 10 kOhm potentiometer
  • 1 x 100 kOhm potentiometer
  • 0.25W resistors with 68 Ohm, 330 Ohm (2 pcs.), 820 Ohm, 470 Ohm, 1.5 kOhm, 1 kOhm, 100 Ohm
  • 1N4148 diodes (2 pcs.)
  • 3.3V zener diode (1 pcs.)

Step 1: My Transmitter- and Receiver-circuits


Sonography is a very important way in medicine to look inside the body. The principle is simple: A transmitter sends ultra-sonic-pulses. They spread out in the body, are being reflected by inner organs or bones and come back to the receiver.

In my case I use the gauge GM100 for measuring the thickness of paint layers. Though not really intended for looking inside the body i am able to see my bones.

The GM100-transmitter works with a frequency of 5 MHz. Therefore you have to create very short pulses with a length of 100-200 nanoseconds. The 7412-monoflop is able to create such short pulses. These short pulses go to the ICL7667-mosfet-driver, which drives the gate of an IRL620 (attention: the mosfet must be able to handle voltages up to 200V!).

If the gate is switched on, the 100V-100nF-capacitor discharges and a negative pulse of -100V is applied to the transmitter-piezo.

The ultrasonic-echoes, received from the GM100-head are going to a 3-stage amplifier with the fast OPA AD820. After the third step you’ll need a precision-rectifier. For this purpose I use an LM7171 operational amplifier.

Pay attention: I got the best results, when I shorten the input of the precision-rectifier with a dupont-wire-loop (? in the circuit). I don’t really understand why but you’ll have to check it if you try to reconstruct my ultrasonic-scanner.

Step 2: The Arduino-software


The reflected pulses have to be stored and displayed by a microcontroller. The microcontroller must be fast. Therefore I choose an arduino due. I’ve tried two different types of fast analog-read-codes (look at the attachments). One is faster (about 0.4 µs per conversion) but I got 2-3 times the same value when reading in the analog input. The other one is a bit slower (1 µs per conversion), but hasn’t the disadvantage of the repeated-values. I’ve chosen the first one…

There are two switches on the receiver-board. With those sitches you can stop the measurement and choose two different time-bases. One for measure-times between 0 and 120 µs and the other between 0 and 240 µs. I realized this by reading out 300 values or 600 values. For 600 values it takes twice the time, but then I take just every second analog-in-value.

The incoming echoes are being read with one of the analog-input-ports of the arduino. The zener-diode should protect the port for too high voltages because the arduino due can only read voltages up to 3.3V.

Each analog-input-value is then transformed into an value between 0 and 255. With this value a further grey-coloured-rectancle will be drawn on the display. White means high signal/echo, dark-grey or black means low signal/echo.

Here are the lines in the code for drawing the rectangles with 24 pixel width and 1 pixel height

for(i = 0; i < 300; i++)

values[i] = map(values[i], 0, 4095, 0, 255);

myGLCD.setColor(values[i], values[i], values[i]);

myGLCD.fillRect(j * 24, 15 + i, j * 24 + 23, 15 + i);


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