Special Section Technical Briefs

An Ultrasound Trainer for Astronauts1

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Jeff A. Hawks, Carl A. Nelson, Saeideh Akbarisamani

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE 68588

Greg Bashford

Department of Biological Systems Engineering,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Lincoln, NE 68588

DOI: 10.1115/1.4033206Manuscript received March 1, 2016; final manuscript received March 17, 2016; published online May 12, 2016. Editor: William Durfee.

J. Med. Devices 10(2), 020915 (May 12, 2016) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-16-1155; doi: 10.1115/1.4033206 History: Received March 01, 2016; Revised March 17, 2016

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Wagner, M. S. , Garcia, K. , and Martin, D. S. , 2014, “ Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Aerospace Medicine: Known and Potential Applications,” Aviat. Space Environ. Med., 85(7), pp. 730–739. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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Ketchem, T. , Twedt, M. , Lim, D. , Bashford, G. , and Hawks, J. A. , 2015, “ Proof-of-Concept Prototype for Noninvasive ICP Monitoring Using Ocular Hemodynamics Under Applied Force,” ASME J. Med. Devices, 9(2), p. 024502. [CrossRef]
Hawks, J. A. , Twedt, M. , Pfeifer, C. , Spilinek, M. , Ahlquist, E. , Burger, M. , Thorell, W. , Gigantelli, J. , and Bashford, G. , 2015, “ Ocular Blood Flow Response to Applied Force: In Vivo Test Toward Noninvasive Intracranial Pressure Monitoring,” ASME J. Med. Devices, 9(2), p. 020911.


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Fig. 5

Comparison of the first attempts of Figs. 3 and 4 by a novice operator with and without LCD feedback

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Fig. 4

Attempts by a novice operator without LCD feedback

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Fig. 3

Attempts by a novice operator using LCD feedback

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Fig. 2

Initial circuit integration on load cell and IMU with breadboard and touchscreen LCD

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Fig. 1

Prototype housing instrumented with Futek load cell



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