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Comprehensive Visual Field Test & Diagnosis System in Support of Astronaut Health and Performance

Fink, Wolfgang and Clark, Jonathan B. and Reisman, Garrett E. and Tarbell, Mark A. (2013) Comprehensive Visual Field Test & Diagnosis System in Support of Astronaut Health and Performance. In: 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-1-4673-1811-2.

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Long duration spaceflight, permanent human presence on the Moon, and future human missions to Mars will require autonomous medical care to address both expected and unexpected risks. An integrated non-invasive visual field test & diagnosis system is presented for the identification, characterization, and automated classification of visual field defects caused by the spaceflight environment. This system will support the onboard medical provider and astronauts on space missions with an innovative, non-invasive, accurate, sensitive, and fast visual field test. It includes a database for examination data, and a software package for automated visual field analysis and diagnosis. The system will be used to detect and diagnose conditions affecting the visual field, while in space and on Earth, permitting the timely application of therapeutic countermeasures before astronaut health or performance are impaired. State-of-the-art perimetry devices are bulky, thereby precluding application in a spaceflight setting. In contrast, the visual field test & diagnosis system requires only a touchscreen-equipped computer or touchpad device, which may already be in use for other purposes (i.e., no additional payload), and custom software. The system has application in routine astronaut assessment (Clinical Status Exam), pre-, in-, and post-flight monitoring, and astronaut selection. It is deployable in operational space environments, such as aboard the International Space Station or during future missions to or permanent presence on the Moon and Mars.

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Additional Information:© 2013 IEEE. The work described in this publication has been carried out at the California Institute of Technology under support of the Army Research Office (ARO) Grant W81XWH-09-1- 0266. One of the authors (WF) may have a financial interest in the technology presented here as several Caltech patents on the visual field testing and associated evaluation technologies are issued and currently pending.
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Official Citation:Fink, Wolfgang; Clark, Jonathan B.; Reisman, Garrett E.; Tarbell, Mark A., "Comprehensive visual field test & diagnosis system in support of astronaut health and performance," Aerospace Conference, 2013 IEEE , vol., no., pp.1,9, 2-9 March 2013 doi: 10.1109/AERO.2013.6497367
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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