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    A new and improve method of biomedical instrumentation that was developed for use on test pilots is now being used on small children.

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    Aerial photography low level flight
    31 1/2 ft

    NASA pilot is prepared for application
    47 ft

    Wires applied with spray gun
    65 ft

    Wires attached to suit
    84 ft

    Pilot in plane prepares for take off
    95 ft

    Aerial photography low level flight
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    109 ft

    Aerial photography low level flight
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    Boy exercises
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    Technician monitors equipment
    145 ft

    Nurse applies wires to boy w/spray gun
    160 ft

    CU wires attached w/spray gun
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    Nurse straps on equipment
    187 ft

    Boy does "sit-ups"
    194 ft

    Meter equipment
    199 ft

    Overall shot
    204 ft


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    Background: A new and improve method of biomedical instrumentation that was developed for use on test pilots is now being used on small children.

    Developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the new method was demonstrated by Midwest Research Institute to the University of Kansas' Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, where it is in current use.

    Dr. Ronald Laver, a Cardiologist working in Pediatrics, is using the technique, knows as "spray-on electrode" to study youngsters in different types of activity in normal environment.

    MRI is under contract to NASA's Technology Utilization Division in the space agency's program to transfer new aerospace technology which may be adapted for medical or public use.

    The new technique of applying small bare wires, rather than cumbersome sensors, in one quick operation was developed by Dr. James A. Roman, chief of biomedical research at NASA's Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Utilizing a small pocket-sized recorder, the complete system allows doctors to instrument test subjects in approximately three minutes and to record biomedical data while the test subjects performs his normal activities.

    Utilizing the new system, medical check-ups of the future may be made in the home or the office following a brief instrumentation period in the doctor's office. Medical data obtained while the patient performs his normal functions may be more meaningful than data obtained from a patient lying on a doctor's table.

    NASA is using the technique at its Flight Research Center to obtain biomedical data on its test pilots while they are flying various projects as the X-15, the wingless M-2 lifting body, a free-flight lunar landing simulator, and various high performance jet aircraft. NASA has also used the method in instrumenting students at the Air Force Aerospace Pilot's School and the members of the Thunderbirds, the Air Force flight demonstration team.

    Replacing the bulky sensors that required shaving and messy cream are small bare wires that act as their own electrodes. These are applied in a quick, simple operation by means of a fast drying spray-on adhesive. Bioinstrumentation information is picked up by these electrodes and transmitted to the battery operated seven channel recorder. This recorder can accumulate up to 1,000 hours of biomedical data such as heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate.

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