Get inside my body then turn me into a TV show
When it comes to the sick and injured, a dearth of data is there for the taking. The modern hospital is stocked with a growing array of gizmos and gadgets that help medical professionals diagnose and monitor what ails the patient. But what happens when you take the latest medical tech out of the ward and into the lives of those with no immediate need to visit a hospital?
Enter 24 Hours Inside Your Body, a show that does just that. From the makers of 24 Hours in Emergency, this special event sees the implementation of the first “full-body rig” – a network of monitors that track the body’s inner-workings in forensic detail.
The idea is that, by the show’s end, we’ll have a better idea of how a busy body works, as well as how modern living affects one’s overall health.
Firstly, we have Professor Tom Solomon. As the resident neurologist, Solomon will monitor Dave and Charlotte’s brain activity.
He’s joined by physiologist Dr Jason Gill, who will monitor the body. Gill is excited by the prospect of taking things out of the hospital and gaining an understanding of “what people are doing in the wild”.
Psychiatrist Dr Lia Ali will give context to the brain and body data by analysing how it affects emotional well-being. She’ll also look closely at visual cues such as body language and eye movement.
The full-body rig is comprised of an impressive collection of monitoring devices. The head is cloaked in electrodes in order to measure brainwaves. The body is fitted with the latest in biometric technology in order to study criteria such as heart rate, activity, glucose levels and posture. High-tech glasses track eye movement and, hence, emotional processing.
When combined, these devices give the team a complete picture of what’s going on inside the body and capture, in the show’s words, “how the human body is extraordinary while it’s doing ordinary things”.