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October 07, 2012

Just How Much Has Technology Brought Changes To The Medical Industry?

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Medical treatment has come a long way with the use of technology. Doctors and other medical practitioners are able to save more lives today by using medical devices that were not available a few decades ago. Today, people can live longer and healthier lives – all thanks to medical technology. It has been shown in many instances that people whom a few years ago would have been declared disabled or chronically ill are now able to live productive lives to the fullest with medical advancement.

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As medical devices become better and more efficient, many people are benefiting in different ways.  Some common health conditions that have led to a large number of fatalities are becoming more manageable and people are living longer, even with these health conditions.

1. Heart conditions

Heart diseases have become very common around the world and they are responsible for many deaths. To reduce the number of deaths caused by heart attacks, doctors are coming up with new ways to manage cardiovascular conditions. Coronary stents or artificial tubes are used to keep arteries open, which helps people with coronary heart disease from suffering heart attacks. A defibrillator can also be implanted in patients who are at risk of getting heart attacks. This device gives them a very high chance of surviving cardiac arrest.

2. Diabetes

Diabetes is another condition that has become increasingly common. Many people suffer from this disease, which in many cases is because of lifestyle changes. Treating diabetes places a huge burden on individuals, families and the entire health system. The availability of technology has made the process of monitoring blood glucose more convenient.

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Many devices in the market allow those living with the disease to monitor their condition regularly, which helps in effective management. This reduces the risk of people getting common complications like blindness, and prevents death in many situations.

3. Surgical procedures

Advances in medical technology have benefited people undergoing surgical procedures. Surgeons are able to perform procedures that were previously considered to be impossible. Today, surgeons are able to perform surgery without operating or opening up the patient. The technology allows the surgeons to see exactly what they are doing. The use of lasers and other minimally invasive techniques allow the patients to recover much faster, and the results are much more successful.

4. Tissue engineering

Today, transplants have become safer and much more successful due to the use or advanced technology. Doctors are able to implant artificial body parts that can help to save lives. From skin, to internal organs, doctors are able to replace damaged parts or tissue with new ones. People can go on to have normal lives after going through tragic accidents or incidents.

5. Enhanced diagnosis

Technology has allowed medical experts to be able to come up with fast and accurate diagnosis. The ability to carry out tests that are more complex has allowed the practitioners to know exactly what they are dealing with. A few years ago, many people suffered or even died due to misdiagnosis. Today, the cases are much more rare because technology is available to carry out intensive tests. This has also led to improved detection and doctors are able to catch or detect issues before they become full-blown problems.

6. Radiation

Treatment of cancer and other diseases has been made possible through the use of technology. By using radiation, doctors are able to kill harmful cells in the human body. People who have had cancer have gone on to live long healthy lives after going through radiation treatment. The equipment used in the radiation has become much safer than it was a few years ago, which leads to less side effects.

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7. Patient care

Taking care of patients within health institutions has been enhanced through the use of medical technology. Healthcare professionals are able to provide the appropriate treatment that promotes overall wellness of the patients. Effective and appropriate care is applied in the management of different diseases, which allows people to get better faster. Hospital stays have become shorter and more comfortable for patients.

As technology continues to bring about innovations, it is clear that the medical field is one of the largest beneficiaries. People are now living for longer after diseases that were previously difficult to treat or manage have been controlled. Manufacturers are using advanced technology to create devices or equipment that can be used to effectively manage many different medical conditions. All I can say is that the future will certainly continue to look brighter for those involved in this industry!

Chad is a writer who enjoys blogging about different topics ranging from medical manufacturing to product engineering.


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