ECHO (ECHO) - 08.29.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The purpose of the ECHO investigation is to evaluate a tele-operated ultrasound system, equipped with motorized probes that are controlled by flight controllers on the ground. Additionally, this investigation serves to perform the commissioning of the Echo instrument, which is planned to be used for the Vascular Echo experiment in the future.
Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Didier Chaput, MEng, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Erasmus Experiment Archive.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Didier Chaput, MEng, Centre National d'Estudes Spatiales, Paris, France

Richard Lee Hughson, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Philippe Arbeille, M.D., Universite Francois-Rabelais, Tours, France

Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Paris, France

Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

Sponsoring Organization
European Space Agency

Research Benefits
Scientific Discovery, Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2016 - February 2018; October 2018 - April 2019

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

Several tele-operated ultrasound systems were developed and tested on Earth, and on board the International Space Station (ISS). The ECHO investigation tests a more powerful, and easy to use, ultrasound system to provide new opportunities for experimentation aboard the ISS.
This new generation of tool allows remote use of the instrument, so that an expert on Earth can operate the fine movements of the probe, and receive a high quality image for analysis. For the crew member on ISS, only knowledge of anatomy is necessary to place the probe on the area to examine. Crew members can follow the ultrasound on screen and talk to the expert on Earth through simplified communications link. A major goal is to provide high-performance equipment with an excellent image quality and responsiveness of the ultrasound probe, to provide a fast and precise medical diagnosis.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
In the field of telemedicine on Earth, tele-operated scanners can bring improved progress in the medical management of remote areas (rural areas of developed countries, or developing countries). With an assistant on site in remote areas able to accompany the patient and manage the interface with the system, information can be shared with experts in other locations for a diagnosis. The principle of a tele-operated ultrasound system has already been successfully tested in France and Guyana, and it is this feedback which helped to integrate the improvements that will be tested as part of ECHO.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites

CNES Proxima Mission Website (in French)

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