While millions of people relish in the idea of smartphones and what they can do, medical advancements are just as noteworthy. Since 2000, the health industry has made just as many leaps and bounds as the most powerful of mobile devices. Many of them may change the course of humanity in the near future. Here are just a few of those forms of technology that are beginning to make headway in reality.
Being able to stop a bleed can be pivotal in someone’s survival. In 2013, Joe Landolina invented a gel that has potential to stop massive internal and external bleeding almost instantly. Although the product was originally invented for veterinarians, scientists are working to port it for human use. This could mean lives may be saved in the event of severe trauma while en route to the hospital in an ambulance.
Advanced Medical Imaging
Internal monitoring of the body, such as imaging centers in NJ, play a vital role assisting doctors in diagnosing complications without invasive surgery. Although this isn’t a new form of technology, it’s the accuracy of these scans that is continuing to improve. Doctor’s are more likely to identify problems today than they were a few decades ago because of higher resolutions and more efficient hardware.
Artificial Cell Replacements
Scientists are working on using various artificial components in order to create cell replacements. This goes beyond the infamous stem-cell research which sparked a great deal of controversy. At McGill University, there is on-going research for using blood substitutes and cells that will be less likely to be rejected after transplant.
3D Printed Organs
The use of 3D printers has spread throughout many industries. In the medical field, organs and bones are being created using printable tissue. Scientists are confident these units will be able to eliminate the need of organ waiting lists in the future. An organ or bone replacement could be printed to the exact specifications of the patient in very little time.
Bio-electric Energy Devices
Pacemakers and other pieces of wearable technology often have to be replaced when the batteries begin to fail. However, scientists are working on units that can harness the power of the body in order to keep these devices functional. For instance, a pacemaker can be used to harness power from the motion of a beating heart.
The advancements of medical technology has potential to eliminate many of the troubles society has today. From artificial organ replacement to devices operating off of the beat of your heart, the future of humanity doesn’t look as bleak as it did in the 1900s. What kinds of technology will be developed over the course of the next few decades?