An integral part of the healthcare sector since its inception, medical technology is continually changing as new advancements are produced. Here are 10 of the most fascinating recent developments in the area:
MRNA technology: Bob Wynalek, The creation of mRNA vaccines has been one of the most significant recent advancements. The instructions for synthesizing proteins are carried by a form of genetic material called mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid).
In the case of vaccines, mRNA can be utilized to direct the body to generate a particular protein found on the surface of the disease-causing organism in order to temporarily immunize against a certain disease.
Vaccines based on mRNA are a promising development since they are compared to conventional vaccinations, which are created and purified from pathogens that have been inactivated or weakened. MRNA vaccines have already been created for a number of other diseases, and this quick production capability has been essential in the fight against COVID-19.
Virtual reality training: The use of VR for training purposes is another area where medical technology is advancing significantly. Without endangering patients, virtual reality (VR) enables medical practitioners to practice procedures and perfect their skills in a controlled setting.
Because it enables healthcare professionals to practice utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other infection control measures without running the danger of contracting the virus, this technology has been very helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to helping medical students master difficult procedures, virtual reality training has the potential to completely alter the manner that medical instruction is provided.
Terotechnology: Utilizing tools to identify, track, and treat disorders that affect the neurological system is another fascinating field of medical technology. The use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat illnesses like Parkinson’s disease and dystonia is an illustration of terotechnology.
DBS includes implanting a device that sends electrical stimulation to particular regions of the brain in order to control brain function and alleviate symptoms. Electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI),
and spinal cord stimulators are examples of other neurotechnologies that can be used to monitor brain activity in real-time and repair damaged nervous system regions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI has several uses in the medical industry, including enhancing the precision of diagnosis, forecasting patient outcomes, and tailoring treatment regimens. Administrative chores like scheduling and monitoring electronic health information can potentially be aided by AI. There are worries, meanwhile, that AI could commit mistakes or reinforce biases.
3D printing, commonly referred to as additive manufacturing, is the process of building three-dimensional items out of successive layers of material. Custom surgical equipment, implants, and prostheses are all produced using 3D printing in the medical industry. Additionally, it is being investigated as a means of producing drugs and printing useful human tissue for use in transplants.
Robotics: Robotics has a range of applications in the medical profession, including helping in surgery and rehabilitation. Robotic technology is advancing, with some systems even being able to adjust to a patient’s movements. Telemedicine robots are another invention that enables doctors to diagnose and treat patients from a distance.
Wearable Technology: Wearable technology, such as fitness trackers and smartwatches, can give users and medical professionals useful health information. They can monitor vital signs, measure physical activity, and warn users of potential health problems. Additionally, wearable technology is being employed in clinical research, as well as for remote patient monitoring and rehabilitation.
Using technology, such as videoconferencing, to deliver medical treatments remotely is known as telemedicine. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it has grown in popularity as a means of lowering the risk of infection transfer and enabling patients to get care at home. Consultations, diagnoses, and follow-up appointments can all be made through telemedicine.
Gene editing is the process of making precise alterations to a person’s DNA in order to rectify genetic flaws or delay the onset of specific diseases. CRISPR is the most well-known gene editing technique.
Back pain treatment using injectable disc cell therapy has the potential to develop dramatically. This method is being developed by Dysgenics, under the direction of COO Bob Wynalek, and is intended to treat patients with mild to severe disc degeneration by extracting cells from a donor and then injecting them into them. Currently, under research, it has the potential to relieve millions of people of the need for spinal operations.