Flying Hospital Staff Gives Wounded Fighting Chance

Our Mission: The Why

The Air Force has a problem.  They are tasked with moving critically injured and wounded patients thousands of miles across the globe. However, medicine at 30,000 feet, is not the same as medicine on the ground.   They work in dark, cramped conditions monitoring multiple patients simultaneously. Meanwhile, the vibration, noise and turbulence render many standard methods of patient monitoring completely useless.  That is what our product is being developed to address.

Technology: The How

The product we are going to produce is a hardware and software device which will allows for ultrasonic inspection and imaging of any shaped object when paired with a flexible array.

The product uses data obtained from ultrasonic transducer signals passed between elements of a flexible array (defined as some set of array elements arranged in an unknown configuration) to automatically determine the locations of each ultrasonic element of the array no matter what the surface configuration is.

A patient's vital signs are displayed on a piece of medical equipment during an aeromedical evacuation flight Nov. 30, 2012, over Afghanistan. The 451st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight critical care air transport team's mission is to operate an intensive care unit in an aircraft during flight, which helps save the lives of critically Wounded Warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
AFRL develops algorithm, flexible device for hands-free ultrasound

Conventional ultrasound arrays used in the vast majority of medical imaging and nondestructive evaluation (NDE), are composed of ultrasound source/receiver elements arranged on a rigid backing substrate. This is done so that the ultrasonic wave-field can be excited and sampled from precisely known locations, which must be provided to any ultrasound imaging device as an input. This requirement has prohibited the use of flexible ultrasonic arrays in the past, except in special cases.


Our product can help federal agencies, medium-sized businesses, and healthcare organizations which want to perform non-invasive patient monitoring or NDE asset management by allowing the monitoring of a surface of various contours. Our product we are looking to construct will have the ability to image through a greater number of complex shaped surfaces without changing the hardware.

379th EAES transports patients

Our Partners



Who We Are

Jason Mullins
Jason Mullins

MBA (in progress), BS Life Science, Electrical Engineering
10 Years of Experience leading highly technical teams in the Army.

Christopher James
Christopher James
CTO; Secretary

MS Cyber Security (in progress), MS Information Systems; 20 years of experience in science-centric PR and Information Technology at New York University

Brittany Scheid, PhD
Brittany Scheid, PhD, MEng
Grants and Device Development

Bioengineer with over 5 years experience developing bioelectronic therapies in academia and industry.

Freddie Davers, PhD
Freddie Daver, PhD, MBA
Regulation and Strategy

20+ years of technology development, Medical device commercialization, Project Management and Business Development

Dale Butler, MD
Dale Butler, MD
Medical Consultant

Trauma Surgeon; Navy Veteran

Linda Zhou, PhD
Linda Zhou, PhD
Medical Consultant

Computational Biology, MD Candidate

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