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1997 - MUSTPAC-1 (Medical Ultrasound, Three-dimensional and Portable with Advanced Communications)

Developer: Rik Littlefield

MUSTPAC-1 allows a field medic or physician to perform three-dimensional scans of an ill or injured soldier. Scans can then be interpreted by experts anywhere in the world.

Developed for the military, the portable unit weighs about 85 pounds, fits in a backpack, and can be configured to run on batteries. MUSTPAC-1 will bring the benefits of sophisticated ultrasound imaging used in major hospitals to the front lines. Army officials hope this device may someday reduce the number of battlefield deaths. For the less severely injured, the technology promises to provide previously unavailable medical diagnosis and treatment with improved quality of care.

In addition to military applications, MUSTPAC-1 could be used by rural physicians in treating medical emergencies and providing assistance in hard-to-access places such as mountains, boats, and even outer space. MUSTPAC-1 and PNNL's Rik Littlefield received a 1997 Discover Award in the Computer Hardware and Electronics category.

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