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Patient scans being sent from ambulances in new trial

From BBC - November 6, 2017

Images of patients' injuries are being sent from ambulances to a hospital emergency department in a trial involving the European Space Agency.

The technology allows hospital-based specialists to assess patients' condition and their needs before they arrive at A&E.

Paramedics are able to send scans and videos from their vehicles to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The European Space Agency is part-funding the pilot called SatCare.

The University of Aberdeen, NHS Highland and the Scottish Ambulance Service are testing the new technology.

It enables paramedics to send high-quality video and ultrasound images ahead of a patient's arrival at Raigmore.

This allows hospital-based specialists to provide expert advice to paramedics during long journeys and could potentially improve patients' treatment.

'Landmark research'

Technology company ViaSat has installed "point-of-care ultrasound and satellite communication systems" in five ambulances in the Scottish Highlands.

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