Task Sonographic Astronaut Vertebral Examination (Completed)
Last Published:  04/20/22 11:43:24 AM (Central)
Short Title: Spinal Ultrasound
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
Collaborating Org(s):
Research Operations and Integration (ROI)
Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
Procurement Mechanism(s):

1. Determine the accuracy of musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound in characterizing the normal and microgravity associated changes in the vertebral unit.

2. Investigate the human factors, level of experience, and training necessary to perform focused cervical and lumbar vertebral MSK ultrasound in microgravity with inexperienced ultrasound operators in parallel with expert operators.

3. Determine the anatomic changes in the vertebral unit during long duration spaceflight with astronaut performed vertebral ultrasound.

Integration/Unique Aspects: Data share with IVD post-spaceflight study (Hargens PI).