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Welcome to the MIT GrandHack 2018

About Butterfly Network

Butterfly Network has developed an innovative ultrasound platform that is affordable and accessible to everyone. By replacing the piezoelectric crystals traditionally used to generate ultrasound with semiconductor technology, Butterfly has exponentially lowered the the cost of life-saving technology. Our unique hardware platform has the additional advantage of being the first and only ultrasound transducer that can image the entire body, making exams faster and more efficient.

To continue developing this vision, we're seeking exceptional talent that is passionate about medical, making an impact and driving innovation. Thank you for being a part of this event!

The Butterfly Network ultrasound dataset

The ultrasound dataset can be download directly using the following links: Set 1 Set 1 Set 3

A mini-version (a small subset) of the dataset is available here.

These images have been published by Butterfly Network Inc., and may be used solely for the MIT GrandHack 2018. The images may not be used for any other purpose, and may not be re-published without the express written permission of Butterfly Network Inc.

You will be provided with 2 ultrasound datasets. The large dataset (butterfly_dataset) contains 9 different classes of ultrasound images acquired with the Butterfly IQ on 31 individuals. The smaller subset of this dataset is called butterfly_mini_dataset. Each of the classes is acquired on a different part of the body.

The 9 types of ultrasound images are:

  • Morison's pouch
  • Bladder
  • PLAX view of the heart
  • 4 chambers of the heart
  • 2 chambers of the heart
  • IVC
  • Carotid artery
  • Lungs
  • Thyroid

The folder containing the data has already split the data into a training and test set. Each set contains enumerated folders representing different patients. Each patient contains at most 9 folders corresponding to the class/type of ultrasound images. The following is a diagram representing the folder structure containing the dataset.

├── training
│   ├── 1
│	│   └── morisons_pouch
│	│	│   └── img001.png
│	│	│   └── img002.png
│	│	│   └── img003.png
│	│	│   └── ....
│	│   └── bladder
│	│   └── plax
│	│   └── 4ch
│	│   └── 2ch
│	│   └── ...
│   ├── 2
│   └── ...
├── test
│   ├── 26
│   ├── 27
│   └── ...

Reference and starting point

We provide a code that can be used as a reference, or as a starting point for the challenges. You are not obligated to use the code or the approach taken there. This starting point example shows how to train the well-known InceptionV1 model and how then use it to classify ultrasound images. A utility function to download the datasets is also provided.

Installing and running the example

We assume you have git installed on your machine and python 3.5. If you don't, hack your way through the installation of these two popular tools.

The first thing you want to do is to clone this repository. In order to do this, invoke the following commands:

git clone
cd MITGrandHack2018

To verify that you actually have python 3 available from within MITGrandHack2018 folder, simply invoke the command:

python --version

You should expect to see a version 3.x.x. We recommend you use 3.5, but the code probably will work with any version of python 3.

To install the libraries used in the example, simply invoke the following command from within the MITGrandHack2018 folder.

pip install -r requirements.txt

Now you are ready to run the example. The example exposes 3 main methods:

  1. download_dataset
  2. train
  3. evaluate

To download the mini dataset you can invoke the command:

python download_dataset

To download the full dataset you can invoke the command:

python download_dataset --large

To train the model you can invoke the following command for example:

python train --input_file=butterfly_mini_dataset/training/training.csv  --export_dir=my_trained_model --number_of_epochs=4

After training you can evaluate the saved model on the test set by invoking the following command for example:

python evaluate --input_file=butterfly_mini_dataset/test/test.csv  --export_dir=my_trained_model

Using our pre-trained model:

If you are just looking to use an already trained model you can invoke the following command

python evaluate --input_file=butterfly_mini_dataset/test/test.csv  --export_dir=trained_model

This will load a model we have already trained so you can focus instead on using the output of the model for another task.

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