Medical improvements in space

Computer vision is once again joining forces with 3D technology to aid humans: this time, in space. The European Space Agency has introduced CAMDASS, or Computer Assisted Medical Diagnosis and Surgery System, a headset to aid astronauts in the field while performing routine medical examinations.

The 3D display works in conjunction with the user’s vision, combining that with computer-generated graphics. As the name suggests, the headset is capable of assisting in both the diagnosis of medical ailments as well as surgical procedures. It relies heavily on ultrasound technology, which is sometimes needed to treat astronauts at the International Space Station, and elsewhere in space.

Image courtesy of ESA/Space Applications Service NV

CAMDASS works by using a camera that is connected to an ultrasound device. Together, the two work to match up what is seen on the patient in question to a virtual human body. The result is shown on the headset, which assists the wearer in identifying parts of the body and instructing him or her how to proceed. This is just one example among many of how speech recognition and computer vision technology combine forces to help aid specific projects.

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