Top 7 Medical Technologies Changing Lives
Humans are frail creatures that are easily broken and at times
living with chronic conditions. Advances in medical equipment and devices can
help restore injured parties and promote a better quality of life. Here are 7
astounding developments that can change lives.
- Flexible electronics can wrap around irregular surfaces of
tissues, conform to their activity and sense various physiological conditions.
Future changes may give flexible electronics the capacity to respond as well.
- A glucose sensing contact lens in progress at Google will stop
the pinprick. Diabetics will be able to use the lens to transmit readings from
glucose level reading samples in tear fluid to a smartphone anytime.
- 3D printing has been helping bring medical devices to those that
need them. Project Daniel is one example allowing local people in South Sudan
create prosthetic arms. A new skull was created for a woman in Holland and
elements were created to help reconstruct the face of a man in the United
- Prosthesis that can sense and be controlled with the mind can
make fuller lives possible for amputees. Two such powered arms from the Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are being used by an injured man
who lost both arms in an accident. The medical device los angeles is allowing
people to do more complex tasks than were previously possible. A prosthetic
hand with fingertip tactile sensors allows users a sense of objects. Subjects
can sense pressure of grasp and shape.
- A rapid response hemostasis device helps stopped bleeding almost
immediately. The XStat Rapid Hemostasis System injects pill-like pellets that
expand into the wound site delivered via syringe.
- A Bio-artificial pancreas is being developed be Beta-O2 and will
be in clinical trials shortly at the Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden. It
serves as a bioreactor with islets of Langerhans that helps it to function like
a healthy pancreas.
More accurate tumor treatment may be available with the
combination of a clinical linear accelerator and a 1.5 Tesla MRI machine. This
unique combination will allow radiologists to see and target tumors during the
same session. The patient can be in the same position during the procedures.
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