Top 5 Medical Technology Innovations
With the growing technology around the world, each sector is taking full advantage to streamline their services and growth to the very best. Medical industry is no exception in that case. Today’s medical technology innovations have been focusing on the faster, cheaper and deliver efficient patient care. At present, Health care technology is necessary to ensure to deliver sufficient healthcare service, cut down costs, save many lives and provide significant benefits to the patients.
Below are the top five medical technology innovations that are really beneficial to the lives of the human beings:
1. Cutting back on Melanoma Biopsies (The Mela Find technology)
Melanoma are very large number of moles which are dangerous at their sight but actually harmless. Those moles have long been confused with skin cancer and flooded patients in hospital. The purpose of the new technology is to control these kind of patients by cutting down on cost of service delivery and creating time and space for medical practitioners to attend to more urgent activities rather than attending to those melanoma patients. It has only been possible to identify these moles through an invasive surgical biopsy.
There is a new handheld tool which is a Mela find scanner that analyses the tissue morphology. lt helps to determine when to order for a surgical biopsy and eliminates unnecessary surgery. It uses the missile navigation technologies. On its application, the suspected surfaces of the skin are scanned by optic lenses at a ten electromagnetic wavelengths. Signals are investigated by matching them against 10,000 digital images of melanoma and skin cancer diseases. With this knowledge, biopsy scars are not harmful and not necessary to admit a patient into the hospital.
2. 3D Printed Biological Materials
3D printers have been invented in many areas with no exception in the healthcare industry. It is a technology that has given these industry hopes of finally reviving the many unsolved problems concerning healthcare. It is with the best interest to spread the application to improve the quality of service being delivered and the standards of human life. If below tools are used, they may bring rampant growth and benefits;
- Printing skin
With the addition of lensor-printed skin cells, this innovation helps to prevent flocking patients with unnecessary claims of a skin disease and will ban these victims.
- Embryonic Stem cells
Their main purpose is to help in growth of new organs, creating tissues and for testing drugs. One step has already been taken that involved printing these cells in the lab and has successfully been done.
- Blood vessels and heart tissues
These have involved laboratory invention of a heart that operates normally like real heart. It has been invented by Organova Company by printing sheets of cardiac tissue and blood vessels.
- Studying cancer
These have been done by printing cancer cells in the lab with the objective of studying cancer cells, testing cancer drugs and to eventually find a cure. These cells are grown on a tissue in the lab.
- Replacing cartilage and bone
Scientists have printed stem cells that will grow into a bone and cartilage. These will in turn create their availability to put in patients that need them. The aim is to replace the organ donation and save the lives lost due to the delayed donation.
3. Electronic Aspirin
Migraines, severe headaches, facial pain and other causes of chronic pain has always been associated with sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), which is a facial nerve bundle. Doctors have always been prescribing drugs on these patients to lower the risk, relieve the pain but do not completely eliminate it and victims suffer long enough not knowing what to opt for. This new technology will help prevent the ailments and bring safety to patients. It blocks the SPG signal whenever there is a sign of headache.
Application involves implanting permanently a small nerve stimulating device at the side of the head in the upper gum normally affected by headache. Also involves handheld remote control which places on the cheek near the implant whenever the patient senses onset of a headache. The implant is designed with a lead that connects the SPG bundle at the tip. On the placement of the remote controller, a signal is stimulated which blocks the pain and for a short moment the feeling of headache goes. The implant is very adaptable in everyday life and doesn’t prevent the user from normal living.
4. Hybrid operating room
Hybrid operating room is a surgical theatre that is equipped with the advanced medical technology innovations such as fixed C-arm scanners, CT scanners and MRI scanners. An example of the hybrid operating room is the Lake Reginal Media Center which indicates how operation rooms have grown up to enable efficient service delivery and developed medical equipment.
Hybrid operating room is an innovation that will enable fast growth in the industry and eliminate delays of the approved technologies. This is because, as new technologies are increasingly flooding and replacement of new ones needed with urgency, the advanced outfit will enhance quick administration of these innovations.
To the patients, it has increasingly reduced trauma, fear and too long operations. The technology has enhanced performance of high risk cardiac procedures and real time intra operative image guidance. Generally it has improved patients experience and effective service delivery by medical professionals.
5. Needle free diabetes care
The new technology in being developed by Echo Therapeutics Company to replace skin pricking and poking with just a pack. Diabetes self-care has always been painful and exposing one to infections. Patients have been using daily sugar level checks by continuously drawing blood to measure sugar level and administering daily insulin shots to regulate it. It’s very involving and sometimes stressful too. Alternatively, they have been using glucose monitors and insulin pumps, which is a very complicated repetitive procedure for managing blood sugar that still do not completely eliminate skin shots and pricks.
With the new technology, the patient’s safety will be enhanced. The company aims to come up with a transdermal biosensor that will read and analyze skin without drawing blood. The main equipment is handheld electric device resembling a toothbrush that removes the top layer cells of the skin for examination. The patient’s blood will then be analyzed within a signal range of a patch —bone biosensor. The readings are collected at a one minute interval by the sensor which is send to a remote monitor by a wireless connection .When sugar level go out of the patient’s optimal range, it triggers audible alarms. This will help to regulate the blood sugar level within the set range.
These are the top five medical technology innovations that enhances the life and comfort ness of the human beings and improves the treatment levels. Apart from that it is also important for the individuals to remember that healthy life style is crucial for the well-being of the individuals.
This is a Guest Post by Ruby Andrew who is a blogger and avid reader from Bristol, UK. She had a long run passion for writing and she had been a contributor in leading UK Newspapers. She work as a guest blogger on certain areas such as food, reviews, Travel, Lifesstyle, Health and Fashion and now a days writes on behalf of EHIC card.