This SDTO will provide refinements in remote guidance techniques which will allow detailed ultrasound exams to be performed in space with remote guidance by technicians and physicians on the ground. This will enhance the diagnostic and research capabilities of the International Space Station (ISS) ultrasound. Data will also be collected regarding the utility and potentially expanded uses of the Braslet-M device for both ISS and exploration class missions. A more detailed understanding of the cardiovascular response to microgravity-induced fluid shifts will also be gained from this work.
Refinements in remote guidance techniques provided by Braslet will similarly allow detailed ultrasound exams to be performed in terrestrial locations remote from experienced ultrasound technicians and physicians. Examples include rural clinics, disaster areas, and military applications. Additionally, during this SDTO data will be collected regarding the physiological responses to altered circulatory volume distribution which may lend insight to the diagnosis and treatment of terrestrial conditions (such as cardiovascular disease) which result in altered fluid status.