Health - Lifesaver in the battlefield
Many soldiers who die in battle could perhaps be saved if outfitted with a sensor system that could capture and identify noises generated within the chest. While the majority of combat casualties are the result of injuries that cannot be treated, a significant number die from the presence of air, gas or blood in their chest. Once detected, treatment is relatively simple with the medic or corpsman placing a needle into the affected region in the chest to release the pressure. The problem with tension pneumothorax is detection. It's difficult to detect even in a hospital, but a battlefield setting makes the job even more difficult. The goal of the ORNL project is to develop a sensor built into a soldier's helmet that would capture and classify acoustic signals from the thoracic region and would alert medics to a life-threatening condition.
October 01, 2000