Satellite ultrasound supports stroke victims in remote areas

Leila Helen Eadie, Alasdair James Mort

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The Scottish Highlands are beautiful: snow-topped mountains rolling down to deep blue lochs. The peace is untroubled by the widely dispersed population; it is rural tranquillity at its most spectacular, idyllic. But what happens when you need urgent medical care in such a remote location – in the wake of a stroke, for example?

Getting to remote areas is no walk in the park for emergency services. But a new project based at Aberdeen University’s Centre for Rural Health is aiming to reduce diagnosis and treatment times, using satellite and mobile networks to transmit ultrasound images from ambulances to experts. This could improve stroke outcomes in areas that can be hundreds of miles away from centres of diagnosis and treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2014

Bibliographical note

The SURS project is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Space and Life Sciences Catapult, the University of Aberdeen’s dot.rural Digital Economy Hub and TAQA Bratani.

Alasdair Mort currently receives funding from Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Space and Life Sciences Catapult and from TAQA Bratani. He has previously received funding from the EPSRC, and from RCUK through the University of Aberdeen's dot.rural Digital Economy Hub.


  • Stroke
  • Digital economy
  • Accident and Emergency


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