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Biotronics, Inc.
Aspen Business Park
1609 Golden Aspen Drive Suite 105
Ames, Iowa 50010-8011


Research and Development

Researchers at Biotronics have a twenty-five year history in the development of ultrasound technology to support the genetic improvement of food animals.  The research base continues to grow as ultrasound technology and image analysis tools allow for significant improvement in body composition and quality measurements.  Specific research emphasis is on the measurement of intramuscular fat (IMF) in high value cuts of meat for both swine and beef.

Hanwoo Cattle IMF Prediction Model
Biotronics is collaborating with the Moksan Hanwoo Research Center and Hanwoo Improvement Center of S. Korea to develop an IMF prediction model that is specific for the Hanwoo breed of cattle.  Hanwoo cattle are indegenious to Korea, and are valued for their ability to deposit high amounts of marbling in the
longissimus dorsi (ld) muscle.  Some of these cattle have in excess of 25 percent fat in the ld muscle.

Online Pork Carcass Evaluation
In 2006, Biotronics initiated a series of research projects aimed at improving the ability of using real-time ultrasound images captured from live swine to predict percentage IMF (marbling) in the loin muscle.  This research has led to the BioSoft Toolbox® II for Swine software.  Biotronics, Inc. has developed a commercial system that is used to scan hot carcasses in pork packing plants to provide an accurate measurement of IMF in the loin muscle along with carcass percent lean at line speeds of 1,380 carcasses per hour.
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This product is based upon research supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2007-33610-18441. 

If your organization is in need of research on development of ultrasound related software or texture analysis of images, please contact us to see if we can be of service to you.