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An extremely small unit relative to its ancient predecessor, the Bioscan is able to utilize hover technology and holographic display to provide on site radiology diagnostics in emergency situations as well as being extremely functional in traditional medical settings.

The Bioscan was an idea produced by Tiller Hershberg, a hover technology engineer, in conjunction with a personal friend, an imaging specialist named Jeshop Keller. The idea was taken to several other engineering specialists to build a micro MRI scanner that hover technology could functionally improve.

A relatively new addition to the medical tool-kit

The bio-scan is a relatively new instrument to medicine. Although the MRI has been available for thousands of years, the technology being improved in detail and versatility, a mobile version has only existed for the last century and a half.

However, even the JourneyZMG (in dedication to the Greek name attributed by Lauterbur in the 20th century) was difficult to arrange and frequently proved to simply be a miniature MRI scanner that was easily dismantled and reconstructed.

In the 26th Century, the bio-scan produces a static magnetic field by three components that are arranged by pre-set specifications around a patient. The radio frequency system and gradients have been essentially concentrated into a palm sized unit with a powerfully detailed holographic display.

How it's used in the 26th Century

If one were to use the Bioscan they would place the command/display unit or CDU at the patient's head. The magnetic field components, or simply called 'magnetics' by most users, would move into place by hovering at a distance and radius that produces the appropriate field (all determined by the CDU). The magnetics would then scale the body or target a particular area of anatomy per the commands of the operator. When an image is produced, it would be displayed from the CDU.

Another aspect of the technology is the highly advanced motion sensors. The holographic image can be manipulated by touching and "manipulating" the image. The hand motions perceived by the CDU are read as commands and produce corresponding reactions. There are zoom effects, contrasting effects, layering effects, and numerous other uses.

Impact on pre-existing medical technology

The bio-scan has made many other diagnostic imaging tools obsolete. The results produced are uniquely precise, the machine is relatively easy to manufacture, and even the maintenance is moderately easy (although is does require specialists for repair).

It possesses an ion fuel cell that has a relatively long life-span in comparison with the amount of power the unit requires. The cost does tend to be high, primarily because of the newness of the machine and the cost of its patent to the corporations that have purchased it. Its is estimated for the cost to decrease quickly due to the wide availability of its parts.


This article was originally proposed by creative writing project team member: Nadia Asiro.

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