Since astronauts on long-duration missions will not be able to return quickly to Earth, new methods of remote medical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment are necessary. On exploration missions, it is possible that medical procedures may have to be performed by a non-physician astronaut.
The goal for the Smart Medical Systems and Technology Team is the development of intelligent, integrated medical systems to assist in delivering quality health care during spaceflight and exploration. These systems must be small, low-power, noninvasive, versatile and highly automated. Possible technologies needed include ultrasound diagnostics and therapeutics, lab-on-a-chip systems, patient and health physiologic monitors, and automated systems and devices to aid in decision-making, training and diagnosis.
New technologies developed by this Team will have immediate benefits to medical care on Earth.
Gary E. Strangman, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Team Leader:
Aaron Dentinger, Ph.D.
General Electric Company