|Pocket Medical Scanner|
A doctor or nurse places a small disk-shaped probe against the patient's chest. In five to ten seconds, the scanner accurately determines body temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration rate, level of neural activity, and fluid balance. While medical training is not required to use the device, it does require some skill to interpret the readings. The scanner probe can be used anywhere on the subject's body, but no respiration rate is available apart from the chest site.
Once a reading is made, pressing a button on the device records values for later review. Set points can also be keyed in, so that if readings reach a certain level, the scanners to alert the attending physician.
The scanner is optimized for use on a given race, so using it on members of another alien race does not work. The human and Vargr optimized scanners can be used on member of the other race, but reading are more difficult to interpret.
The pocket scanner contains only the sensor probe and a lightweight readout screen.
The full scanner includes a complete expert system diagnosis computer, which allows individual with little or no medical skill to diagnose and treat illness and injury.