A professor of pathology has made UAV history by transporting human blood 161 miles across the Arizona desert.
Timothy Amukele, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, navigated a medical drone across desert land for three hours via remote pilot.
Over the three-hour 161-mile delivery, Amukele and his team had to maintain a precise temperature to ensure the blood was still viable after landing.
Amukele told Tech Radar: “Drones can operate where there are no roads, and overcome conditions that disable wheeled vehicles, traffic and other logistical inefficiencies that are the enemy of improved, timely patient diagnoses and care. Drones are likely to be the 21st century’s best medical sample delivery system.”
Due to the regulations surrounding drone flight, the test had to be carried out away from populated areas at a military test.
It’s hoped that the system used can be developed into one that’s ready for full-time use in the real world.
“We expect that in many cases, drone transport will be the quickest, safest and most efficient option to deliver some biological samples to a laboratory from rural or urban settings,” said Amukele. “Getting diagnostic results far more quickly under difficult conditions will almost certainly improve care and save more lives.”