The x-ray exams, which included a wrist radiograph meant to recreate one of the first images acquired by Dr. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1895, were completed as part of the Diagnostic Ultra-portable X-ray for Space (DUXS) program. DUXS is a partnership between industry and academia aiming to improve medical diagnostic capabilities in space, according to MinXray.
The goal for the plane study was to demonstrate that x-ray imaging can be successfully performed in a zero-gravity environment and that existing equipment is capable of producing diagnostic images in both zero-gravity and low earth orbit, according to the vendor. The results are a step toward x-ray diagnoses in space, MinXray said.
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