Medical Devices of The Future
The field of medical technology is one that is moving at an increasingly rapid pace. The advances we make in science, and consequently in medicine, are often hard to predict and new knowledge continues to regularly surprise us and force us to see the world in a different way. As such, the designers of medical devices must ensure that they are constantly kept abreast of these developments in order to continue to produce devices that we can use in our fights against some of the world’s most deadly diseases. Below is a brief guide to just some of the technologies that are changing the face of medicine.
A medical radar is currently under development that will replace mammograms in providing imaging for breast cancer detection. Rather than using radiation like an x-ray machine, medical radar makes use of much slower-wave radio frequencies, which aren’t harmful like x-rays are, but which still allows for a detailed image to be collected. The technology is fast, easy to use, and highly portable, all of which should contribute to it being more widely and easily available.
This futuristic technology is, in fact, here today, although its applications are currently limited. 3D bioprinting involves using specially designed 3D printers which, by utilizing a variety of techniques, can essentially print out organs, or at least their skeletal structure so that they can ultimately be transplanted into a human patient. There are a number of individuals who have now been successfully treated using 3D printed organ transplants.
A smart scalpel, as an example, would be able to differentiate between different types of tissue and, by using a laser as its blade, could make sure to only cut specific types of tissue. Such a device would be invaluable for removing tumors, operations in which surgeons often have to remove surrounding tissue and hope the cancer hasn’t spread beyond it. Such devices are a big part of the current focus of Medical Device Design companies, such as DeviceLab.
Electromagnetic Acoustic Imaging
Electromagnetic acoustic imaging (EMAI) is another technology designed to revolutionize the process of medical imaging. By combining the separate studies of electromagnetism in biological systems and acoustics, scientists have been able to work out how to provide ultrasound images that are of a much clearer quality to the ones available now. Such a device would be safer than alternatives, such as CT scans and will also be useful in diagnosing cancers by itself.
Nanobots are the holy grail of medical science. They are tiny robots that can be injected into a patient’s bloodstream, from where they will then hitch a ride to wherever they are needed. Once there, can be programmed to perform an endless array of tasks. They will revolutionize our approach to medicine like few other things will.
The world of medical device technology is rapidly changing. As innovation and new discoveries drive the industry, it continues to offer us tantalizing possibilities for the future of medicine.