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Samantha Higgins

5 Revolutionary Advances in Medical Technologies

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Medicine and technology go hand in hand since the human body is large and incredibly complex, with dozens of organs and different systems, and doctors and scientists have had to use specially designed tools to be able to explore and treat these different systems. While modern medical tech is only a few decades old, in that time, massive discoveries and advancements have been made, both in terms of discoveries and, more importantly, in the tools that healthcare professionals use to treat people.

Gene Editing

The human body revolves around genes that are present in the DNA of each cell since these genes are hereditary and serve as a code or set of instructions that guide the rest of your body on how to assemble proteins that will later have a variety of impacts on you, including the color of your hair, your height, skin tone, and so on. These genes also cause unwanted side effects like diseases that have been passed down, like sickle cell disease, or even genes that are protective against certain diseases. Modern medicine has allowed experts to edit and change some of these genes so that a good trait, like resistance to a particular disease, can be passed down to more people, and unwanted genes, like the aforementioned one that leads to sickle cell anemia, can be eliminated. 

Quantum Computers 

The reason that quantum computing in life sciences is so important to the wider system of healthcare is that these computers provide a range of benefits to every expert who uses them that humans could never replicate. In the field of research, they’re able to pinpoint trends and analyze entire populations in just a few minutes, providing more insight into trends and possible solutions to medical problems that people are having, and in a hospital setting, they’re vital for helping with clinical decisions, creating treatment plans for patients, and even handling the patient data that’s been generated by a hospital. 

3D Printing

There are many people throughout the world who need complex surgery to replace something in their body, and such a procedure has been difficult to get before 3D printing made them more accessible. This is because there are many “parts” in the body that are difficult to replace, such as heart valves that can get damaged with age, and these parts are incredibly small, with a size that varies from person to person. 3D printing has allowed these replacement parts to be made anywhere in the world with just a few measurements to create a perfect fit for the situation and for each patient, which has, in turn, saved countless lives already. 

Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a great innovation in healthcare not because it allows for a new, revolutionary form of treatment or surgery but because it makes treatment more accessible for millions of people since many appointments can be held over the phone, and, failing that, there are a few pieces of information related to health that can easily be disseminated on a call. Telemedicine has allowed many people, especially the elderly, who may need healthcare but have trouble coming to appointments the liberty to have their appointments from home, as well as get a digital prescription they can use to get their must-needed medication delivered right to them.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are cells in the body that are not yet specialized tissues, which means they can theoretically grow to replace any tissue or organ in the body, and this is why scientists have spent so much time researching stem cell therapy as a possible solution to a variety of issues. Given the fact that everyone in the world was once a single stem cell, called a zygote, from which an entire body was made, it should be clear why stem cell therapy can be such a game changer with further research, further changing the medical landscape permanently. 

Conclusion

Medical techn is something that has been continuously evolving and improving over decades, slowly getting integrated into every facet of life, and medicine is perhaps the core part of life that benefits from technology the most. Doctors have had to use these tools to explore the body, perform imaging techniques, open veins and arteries, and a whole lot more, which has allowed people to get access to better and safer treatment with every passing year. 

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