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NASA 'Image Fusion' Will Help Doctors Examine Astronauts' Hearts in Space
03.30.07
 
These preliminary 'image fusion' pictures of the human heart were taken from a movie generated at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas, Calif.

NASA scientists are studying ways to improve space medicine to tackle space travel's medical challenges. One effort is to develop 'image fusion.' In this process, clear, sharp x-rays and other high-resolution, scanned images of astronauts taken on Earth will be combined with less sharp sonograms taken onboard spacecraft to enhance those images. Because sonogram scanners often are lighter and use less power than other kinds of scanners, they are better suited for space travel. These improved images will enable doctors to better see the condition of major organs in astronauts.

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These images may be used for news and public affairs purposes without further clearance. For all other uses, please contact:

Richard Villalobos, M.D.
Interventional Radiology
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
450 East Romie Lane
Salinas, Calif.
Telephone: 831-229-2584
e-mail: rich.villa@yahoo.com