CII’s Dr. George Pantalos scheduled to be on ‘Science Friday’ with Ira Flatow

Dr. George Pantalos scheduled to be on ‘Science Friday’ with Ira Flatow

Nov. 17, 3:30-4:40 p.m. segment, WFPL, 89.3 FM

Pantalos, a professor of surgery and bioengineering at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, will discuss his work in astrosurgery research. He is leading research with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon in the development of a device that will make it possible to perform surgery in the zero-gravity conditions of space. This is important for future long-duration space flights – such as those to Mars – because if an astronaut gets injured or otherwise needs surgery, it would be impossible to return to Earth in a timely manner to perform it. The device is a pressurized dome that is sealed to the surgical site and allows for the site to be irrigated. It has portholes for the surgeon to insert instruments and perform the necessary procedure. Pantalos and his colleagues have tested it on several zero-G flights at NASA in Houston thus far, and he is scheduled to test it further on a suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic in the next six months.

-UofL Today