Imagine a world without laptops, smartphones, or any other bit of modern technology. This would leave the world with a limited number of advancements in the medical field.
Yet, advances in modern medical tech are changing the medical profession every day. Here’s a list of 9 pieces of the most impressive medical technology.
- 3D Printed Heart
In 2019 researchers at Tel Aviv University, Israel, created a 3D-printed heart made of human tissue. Made from silicone polyamide, this Heart currently helps testing of drugs and assist in research.
Although this new technology may not be ready yet for real-life use, it still represents a fantastic advancement in heart surgery that could save many lives in the future.
- Robot Surgeon
In 2000, the FDA approved a robotic system called the “DaVinci Surgical System” by Intuitive Surgical (a Sunnyvale, California-based company). DaVinci uses robotic arms to perform surgeries that would have otherwise been impossible. The robot operates by a human surgeon and it’s used more often for hysterectomies and cyst removals.
The DaVinci has already saved many lives, and it’s a shining example of how great tech in medicine. It also shows how far technology and medicine have come, more so in its newest incarnation.
- 3D Printed Ears, Arms, and Legs
For many years, artificial arms and legs were the same basic shape and size. The main difference between legs was how long they were. This issue forced people with missing limbs to either settle for a prosthetic that doesn’t fit them well or live the rest of their life without one at all.
Advanced prosthetic limbs have now arrived thanks to 3D printing technology. 3D printed prosthetic limbs make life easier for paraplegics and save lives in wartorn countries. Long-term, they will continue to be more accessible for everyone as technology advances further.
- Smart Pill
The idea of a smart pill that works came to life back in 2017. It’s called Abilify MyCite. The FDA has approved it to be used in the United States by people with mental health issues (such as depression or schizophrenia) who may be at risk for suicide.
The pill works by recording any time the patient takes it. If they ever decide to stop taking it, doctors can see how long they have not taken their pills, making it great tech for doctors. This is important because if the patient has been off their medication long enough, they may be suicidal.
- LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery corrects vision, and it’s one of the best pieces of medical technology there is today. LASIK eye surgery fixes your vision by removing imperfections and changing your eyesight forever so that you are unable to tell the difference after the surgery.
LASIK eye surgery is popular with millions of people, allowing people to see things clearer than ever before. It’s safe, and it’s a beautiful piece of technology that has already saved many lives.
- Software for Rehabilitation
Software for rehabilitation advances at a rapid rate. With Artificial Intelligence and robotics’ introduction, both the patient and the professionals benefit from automated processes that speed up efficiency and track recovery progress with more precision.
Further, the tech that sends this data back to the software continues to impress. Scientists use hydraulic suits that can move patients’ bodies in the required ways to recover or improve their mobility.
- Sensors That Can Predict Brain Damage
Brain damage is hard to detect, but a new piece of medical technology turns detection on its head. Sensors implanted in the brain that sends information back to a computer and store the data.
This data can then be used afterward to help doctors determine whether brain damage has occurred or if a patient’s brain cells have been damaged. This new medical technology helps many people who were misdiagnosed in the past.
- Super-Strong Glue
In 2015, Harvard researchers invented a glue that could patch up cuts on people’s fingers. It’s not just a skin hold, either; this glue is stronger and can withstand 40 times as much pressure as regular superglue can.
This glue is so strong that it could be used on any sort of wound. No human skin has ever been able to withstand 40 times more pressure before. This incredible piece of medical technology can help save lives, as it allows even the most awkward areas to heal.
- Breathing Machines
In the last 10 years, Diaphragm Pacing Systems have been used for severe respiratory problems and those with spinal injuries who can’t control their diaphragm. It’s a tiny breathing machine implanted into the body but can still be monitored with ease.
These systems are implanted into the diaphragm muscle and pulse using electrodes, helping the diaphragm move, thus pulling air in and out of your lungs. This is good news for long-suffering respiratory patients.
The Future of Medical Technology
When you look at everything that has already been invented, it’s a little scary to think about all of the amazing things we’ll have in the future. What will life be like for people who are born in, say, 20 years? Or 50 years?
The best thing about it is that we don’t have to predict it because time marches regardless of what we do. Medical technology will continue to advance, and so will our overall quality of life.
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