The Future of Medical Technology
Advances in medicine and technology have always gone hand in hand. These advancements have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Technological advances show no sign of slowing down either, with new innovation happening every year. It is an exciting time for medicine right now.The history of medical technology isn’t as bright as the future is, however. With a number of horror stories of medical technology going wrong, it is wise to be cautious. If you feel that you have received mistreatment as a result of faulty medical technology, you may need to speak to a malpractice lawyer.
That being said, there are many more good stories, than there are bad. To highlight this, here are some of the incredible new technologies appearing in the medical world at the moment.
Wireless Brain Sensors
Scientists and doctors have teamed up to create a type of bioresorbable electronic that can be placed onto your brain. This will allow doctors to take scans of brain activity in patients who have suffered head traumas or brain damage. What’s really incredible here is the fact that after use, the sensors can be dissolved. This takes away the need for a second surgery to remove the device.
The rise in popularity of virtual reality (VR) tech has given birth to a flood of innovation. These innovations have allowed medical developers to create sophisticated tools with virtual reality framework. Using virtual reality gear, professionals and students alike can practice and prepare for procedures in a realistic setting. Virtual reality head-sets are also seeing use in universities across the country as a teaching aid. Teachers can provide truly immersive lessons using this technology, transporting students through the body in a way that can’t be done from a textbook.
The most advanced gene-splicing technology on the planet, CRISPR, uses natural immune system mechanisms to cut out specific infected DNA strands. This allows us to potentially change the way we treat the biggest threats to human health, like cancer. The only problem with using this technology is the controversy around it. Arguments against “playing God” are the largest hurdles that CRISPR scientists have to overcome. They believe there are risks that gene-editing will lead to designer babies.
CRISPR is still in its infancy, though, and its full capabilities are not yet fully understood.
The rise of medical apps has been an incredible one. Patients around the world are avoiding long waits in hospitals by speaking to virtual physicians through their phones. These apps allow patients to receive medical advice and even diagnosis without having to leave the house.
Telehealth has seen a global rise recently and is estimated to be worth over $100 billion dollars by the year 2025.
With all these amazing advancements, it is an exciting time to be alive in both the technological and medical world. New treatments come out every day that push the boundaries of science, and I, for one, could not be more excited.