The trauma pod - costs a few mill, has to be operated by a surgeon, and you have to have another surgeon stood by incase it fails. Not cheap to service or maintain either, so all in all, a waste of electrodes
I think this is exactly the point. I dare say it wouldn't take these boffins long to turn this machine into a weapons platform. However, it probably suits their needs to dress it up as medical / humanitarian technology so that they can continue to receive positive press and funding for the project.