Emergency Physician in Finals for Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE
In just the fifth episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap,” Dr. Leonard McCoy whips out his medical tricorder and begins to examine a reluctant patient on planet M-113.
“What you want is unimportant right now,” McCoy says. “What you will get is what is required by the book.”
With his tricorder, McCoy performs a comprehensive medical examination.
At the time—this episode first aired on September 8, 1966—it all seemed like magic. Now, nearly half a century after the iconic science fiction series premiered, humans haven’t yet invented warp drive or teleporters. But they are coming closer to the medical tricorder, and although such devices remain rudimentary they are beginning to show their promise and may one day transform the patient-physician relationship in the emergency department (ED). More >>