7 Influential Medical Technologies of the 21st Century (IT Toolbox Blogs)

Some medical technologies have been in existence for several decades, but we shouldn’t forget that these technologies are constantly evolving and improving. Recently, some medical advancements have been made in technology that are modifying the future of the medical field. These latest innovations in medicine have rescued thousands of lives worldwide. Below we discuss the seven most influential advancements ever made in medical technology that will continue to improve, and influence medicine in the future.



1. Bionic Hands

In the old days, one had to depend on clamps amputees and unpleasant hooks to manipulate and grip objects. Later, in the year 2007, bionics improved to provide patients with a hand that is fully articulated and more closely resembles human functions. Bionic hands aim at replacing the hand that is injured in the most realistic way possible. It contains servo motors and separate controllers in the thumb, palm, and fingers which allow each digit to move independently. Moreover, bionic hands have fingertip sensors, giving a lifelike sense of touch to sick persons with neurological disorders.



2. Exoskeletons

Paralysis is a disease affecting almost one in fifty citizens living in the United States of America. The rapid evolution in medicine technology has provided the disabled the ability to move far beyond wheelchair limitations. A mobile power source and independent motors enable patients to bind themselves into an exoskeleton, allowing patients to climb stairs, walk, or do easy tasks in a manner impossible to accomplish while using a wheelchair. Exoskeletons are adjustable devices that work by providing a natural movement of the limbs which is approximated and can fit a variety of body sizes.



3. Robot Surgeons

In surgery, robotic devices have become familiar, handling most human operations successfully in place of a doctor. In 2010, robots controlled by human surgeons executed a prostate surgery, with anesthesia inclusive at McGill University without a physician’s touch to the patient. It’s aspired that these medical innovations will influence the way sanitary operations are being conducted in medical facilities in a more precise way.



4. Artificial Hearts

The whole concept of artificial hearts has advanced since 1982, where the Jarvik artificial heart was used to extend the lifespan of patients by months. Additionally, this artificial heart demanded the patient stay connected to machines. Currently, artificial hearts being used can grant patients several years of living while waiting for a heart transplant. These devices are self-contained, and battery powered, allowing patients mobility.



5. Mind-controlled Devices

With the help of these devices, mind-reading has now become a reality and is today becoming a medical solution that is being commonly used by doctors. Mind-controlled devices detect and process precisely recognized reactions of the wearer by monitoring their electrical brain waves. Individuals who are physically challenged such as people with paraplegia can use the device to control mechanical devices, read, and even know emotional responses in people communicating in a different way. This betters a patient’s quality of living, as well as improving diagnosis, and treatment.



6. Medical Imaging

Earlier on, physicians only had views of a sick person’s inner system. However, with the latest advancements in medicine, that is, Positron Emission Tomography or just Computed Tomography scans, doctors can now track radioactive sugars which are injected into a patient’s body. Currently, doctors are using nanoparticles, which can be programmed chemically to locate and mark tumors in patients. Nevertheless, enterprise imaging applications are the latest greatest advancement in medical technology, allowing doctors to transmit, store easily, and share digital imaging for each patient during treatments including shingles treatment.



7. Tiny Cameras


Small cameras are placed at the end of a fiber optic wire which is normally inserted into a patient’s body during an exploratory procedure. Since 2008, medical technology has made advancement with the introduction of the pill-sized cameras, which are small in size. This camera can move through the digestive system of a patient, taking high-quality pictures to assist doctors with diagnoses, and detecting cancer in advance. These tiny cameras require no sedatives or anesthesia.

 

Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 27, 2017 at 11:15AM

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