Accession Number:

ADA164379

Title:

Ultrasonic Quantification of Blood Volume Redistribution under Hypergravity

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Feb 1981-Sep 1985

Corporate Author:

KENTUCKY UNIV LEXINGTON WENNER-GREN RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-01-15

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

In the operation of high performance aircraft, operational crews are often subject to high sustained or - GZ acceleration. The response of the human cardiovascular system to these acceleration forces has been the object of considerable research. Numerous techniques have been used to measure important parameters of cardiovascular function however, plethysmographic measurements of blood volume shifts have not been possible during exposure to hypergravity because of unaboidable tissue deformation. Such measurements have added significantly to understanding of the cardiovascular response to postural shifts and to zero-g. A multi-channel instrument has been developed which employs multiple ultrasonic depth measurements to determine the volume of blood contained in the various compartments of the circulation during exposure to hypergravity on a centrifuge. These volume measurements can be used to study the time course and quantity of blood shifts produced by exposure to selected acceleration profiles and physiological manipulations, including anti-G suit inflation. The data obtained should provide improved understanding of basic cardiovascular physiology and of the relative effectiveness of various anti-G devices.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE