Dr. McCoy's awesome diagnostic sickbay bed? For REAL?!

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

A space scientist and a professor of emergency room medicine at the University of Leicester in the U.K. have MacGyvered up technology initially developed to detect life on Mars into a real-life version of Dr. Leonard H. McCoy's diagnostic sickbay bed.

The new technology, developed by Professor Mark Sims and Tim Coats—which, alas, doesn't seem to incorporate Dr. McCoy's "medical scanners," which were cobbled together by the Trek prop department from salt and pepper shakers—is able to run a battery of tests noninvasively and can detect diseases and conditions ranging from diabetes to various kinds of cancer, keying off of respiration, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood and untrasound readings of heart function.

No word yet as to whether the new tech will make that cool "boomp, boomp, boomp!" sound that McCoy's diagnostic bed did, or whether it can detect Rigellian Fever, mugatu venom or Orillian lung maggots.

Now if we can only develop transporters, warp drive and whatever tensile engineering kept Nurse Chapel's mile-high hair from drooping, we'll be totally set to boldly go where no one has gone before. ...

( Via TG Daily, Eureka Magazine and The Daily Mail )

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