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Scott Dulchavsky: Diagnosing Injuries in Space

Scott Dulchavsky: Diagnosing Injuries in Space

An astronaut aboard the ISS uses an ultrasound device to monitor a fellow astronaut.
Courtesy of NASA.

In spite of extensive astronaut training, space flight is inherently dangerous, and serious injuries are always possible. Treating these injuries requires accurate, timely diagnosis. National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) scientist, Scott A. Dulchavsky, MD, PhD, has developed a technique to train space flight crews to conduct medical-quality ultrasound imaging in space.

Images of the suspected injury are collected with a portable ultrasound unit, and within seconds, the image is transmitted to Earth, where experts can confirm the diagnosis and guide the treatment procedures.

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