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In TNG 'Violations' (S5 E12) Doctor Crusher is forced to relive the experience of Picard revealing her dead husband to her.

While they are walking down the corridor you can see a metal device attached to Picard's temple.

Picard wearing a metal thing on his head

What is this device and what does it do?

  • No canon information, but it is plausible that Picard was on the same away mission as Jack and suffered some injury, so this is some medical device (StarFleet band-aid, monitor, something more advanced). – DVK-on-Ahch-To Aug 25 '12 at 20:09
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It's a futuristic bandage. This is from the script for the episode, with bolding mine:

71 CONTINUED:

Martin EXITS and Beverly keeps working, engrossed in the monitor.

SUBLIMINAL CUT TO:

72 INT. STARBASE MORGUE (FLASHBACK)

Picard's face and head sports a bandage.

73 RESUME BEVERLY - PRESENT

jarred by the remembrance, trying to concentrate on work once more.

SUBLIMINAL CUT TO:

74 INT. STARBASE MORGUE (FLASHBACK)

A body on a bio-bed, covered by a sheet (or 24th- century equivalent).

PICARD'S VOICE You shouldn't remember him like this.

75 RESUME BEVERLY (PRESENT)

sitting upright in her chair, frozen with shock as the overwhelming memory sweeps over her.

CUT TO:

76 INT. STARBASE MORGUE - MEMORY FLASHBACK

(With characteristic visual treatment.)

A younger Beverly -- with a different hairstyle -- and a younger Picard, she in civvies and he in "Stargazer" uniform. His head sports a bandage. The two walk toward a body on a gurney, covered by a drape.

PICARD You don't have to do this...

  • Space bandage! Of... course. – Paul D. Waite Mar 3 '16 at 17:15

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