A University of Saskatchewan researcher who has spent several years working on M-R-I technology has a new challenge.
Dr. Gordon Sarty has been awarded a 100-thousand dollar contract to design an ankle-sized devise for use in space.
Sarty, who has built two wrist-sized units says the Canadian Space Agency, chose ankles for this project to see how the weightlessness of space affects a part of the body that isn’t being used.
Sarty figures the challenge will be making the unit light and easy to handle while requiring little power to operate.
The ankle M-R-I is slated to be tested on the International Space Station in the early 2020’s.
Sarty’s next project will be a helmet-sized M-R-I for space and remote Northern Saskatchewan communities.
It’s hoped the portable devise can help save the lives of people with potentially fatal head injuries.