5 Amazing Medical Technologies You Should Hear About
Even though medical technology saves countless lives every single day, it normally does not receive the same amount of attention and glamour as other electronics. For those that feel utterly lost when it comes to some recent technology, here is a closer look at five of the most amazing gadgets that are revolutionizing healthcare today.
1. Electronic Aspirin
Aspirin has been a mainstay within the medical community, being suggested by doctors as well as a simple over-the-counter painkiller. Recently, researchers have set out to end migraines with small implants attached within a patient’s gums. When the individual senses a migraine, they raise an activator to the side of their head which turns the implant on and stops the headache at the source of the pain which is an area known as the SPG.
2. Remote Checkups
Creating amazing medical devices is one thing, but finding highly-trained specialists and sending them to remote locations around the world is much more difficult. This is why companies are now releasing nearly-autonomous robots that can be remotely accessed by a doctor from anywhere in the world for minor checkups and tests.
3. Catheter Valves
A heart bypass is an unfortunately common procedure when the valves of the heart have built up too much plaque, but the procedure can be fatal for the elderly or sick. After testing blood and soft tissue with a digital dissecting microscope, surgeons can then create a customized catheter valve that is placed in the body through a small incision in the midsection and slid into the heart to increase the valve size.
4. Anti-Bleeding Gel
Traditionally, the only options for stopping bleed have been stitches, surgical glue, or topical pressure. Anti-bleeding gel, also known as Veti-Gel, is a simple cream that can be rubbed on as a cream or attached via a patch. The cream automatically begins to seal the wound and start the clotting process.
5. 3D Printed Bones
While scientists have been able to successfully mimic minor patches of tissue, a full part of the body printed in 3D has not been successful until recently. A mixture of materials including stem cells have been used to create living bones and successfully implanted into rabbits.
Medical technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, and these few devices are only the beginning. Researchers around the world are just beginning to explore many exciting options with 3D scans, 3D printing, organ transplants, accurate disease diagnosis, and more.