NASA Spinoff Database: A Tool for Medical Research

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1992
Reference Number: JPL-SO-39
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Crystal Oscillator Technology

California Measurements, Inc.'s PC-2 Aerosol Particle Analyzer, developed by William Chiang, a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer, was used in a study to measure the size of particles in the medical environment. Chiang has a NASA license for the JPL crystal oscillator technology and originally built the instrument for atmospheric research. In the operating room, it enabled researchers from the University of California to obtain multiple sets of data repeatedly and accurately. The study concluded that significant amounts of aerosols are generated during surgery when power tools are employed, and most of these are in the respirable size. Almost all contain blood and are small enough to pass through surgical masks. Research on the presence of blood aerosols during oral surgery had similar results. Further studies are planned to determine the possibility of HIV transmission during surgery, and the PC-2H will be used to quantify blood aerosols.

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Page Number in Published book: 64-65
Manufacturer: California Measurements, Inc.

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