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Evaluation of Portable Ultrasound in Remote Environments: NEEMO (NEEMO-ULTRASOUND)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Clinical medicine
Human factors
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

As space missions become longer and venture farther into space, the risk of a serious medical event occurring increases. Because the medical capabilities on a spacecraft or at any remote landing site are quite limited, there is the need for a tool that can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions by a person with a minimal medical background. Ultrasound technology gives a person the ability to diagnose several conditions that are likely to occur during an exploration-class mission, such as renal stones, appendicitis, and fractures.

While many ultrasound machines are large, bulky, and difficult to operate by anyone but a trained ultrasonographer, newer portable devices have been developed that are easier to use. The objective of this experiment was to test a portable ultrasound device during a simulated medical event in the space flight analog provided by NEEMO.

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Aerospace medicine
Remote consultation
Satellite communications
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Data Information
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Technology demonstration
Training quality
Ultrasound imaging analysis
Ultrasound imaging quality
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
NEEMO 5 06/16/2003 06/29/2003 14 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Pamela A. Bieri
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)