For release: 10-08-04, w/e 10-13-04
Science Ops status report #: 04-247
With help from NASA's payload operations team at the Marshall Center, Expedition 9 crewmembers on board the International Space Station continued an experiment that studies the accuracy of ultrasounds for bone scans and other medical contingencies. Crewmembers performed the scans on each other to better understand the ability to quickly send medical data to ground teams.
The Expedition 9 crew served as test subjects for the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity (ADUM) experiment. NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke set up the equipment, after which he and Commander Gennady Padalka performed the ultrasound bone scans on each other by taking turns as operator and subject. The bone scans were taken of the subject's shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle, monitored remotely from the ground, and videotaped and photographed for downlink.
This research will be used to determine the accuracy of ultrasound in novel clinical conditions including: orthopedic, thoracic, and ophthalmic injury and dental/sinus infections; and to assess the ultrasound as a feasible option for monitoring in-flight bone alterations.
For his Saturday Science activities, Fincke conducted a session with the Educational Payloads Operation. The demonstrations were videotaped for later use in classrooms and NASA educational products.
NASA's payload operations team at the Marshall Center coordinates science activities on Space Station.