The UTMB Medical Ultrasound Program

Archived: July 29, 2004
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Welcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston Medical Ultrasound Program web page. One of the main purposes of this program is to devlop a cheaper and more efficient alternative to MRI, CT, and DEXA (whole body scanning) in the private sector. The program uses ultrasound at two different modalities to image and measure muscle (or other organ) volume and bone structural properties. This in turn provides quick and less costly evaluations of many common conditions such as osteoporosis, acute burn treatment, sport injuries, frature healing in Orthopaedics, and scoliosis detection in children much earlier now. Another purpose of this program is to define effective physical countermeasures for long term space flight. This is a major priority for the Biomedical Research and Countermeasures Program of the Life Sciences Division of NASA and of special emphasis during FY98 "...bone loss and muscle atrophy are expected to be among the most serious problems for extended-duration space flight... ".

The development effort of the Ultrasound Medical Program is expected to mature into a prototype product in three years or less, depending on funding. However, this effort would not have been possible without seed monies from the Texas Space Grant Consortium. With the grant, UTMB was able to develop a proof of concept prototype of a Doppler Locator that will be used as a spatial position sensor for the ultrasound scan head. This technology was critical to the 3D imaging aspect of the project because other spatial position devices rely on technologies that are not as compact and are not compatible to the Space Station or Space Shuttle (or hospital) environment.


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