Hippocrates, Greek philosopher, creator of the Hippocratic Oath and the father of medicine – the problem is that wasn’t the father of medicine.
The earliest medical treatments can be traced back to Sumer in 3,000 BCE, and that’s only because the first forms of writing date back to the same era.
First or not, both Hippocrates and the Sumerians represent important parts of medical history. These days, medical science is advancing rapidly, uncovering new possibilities almost every day.
Much of the medical technology today is both fascinating and promising. We’ll talk about some of the most interesting advancements in the paragraphs below.
1. Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual reality has been talked about for decades and some of the more recent game systems show how far the technology has advanced. However, there’s more to it than just video games.
Doctors are experimenting with the concept as a way to present important information to the doctor without interrupting crucial procedures, such as surgery. For instance, if the patient has any medical conditions that are likely to influence the surgery, the doctor might benefit from a constant reminder.
Yet another thing we’ve been dreaming of for ages, cybernetics has been expanding in many new directions. While the first prosthetics were made of materials like wood and bone, and were largely immobile.
Over time these were replaced by sophisticated metallic, plastic, and other advanced prosthetics. Scientists are now trying to reliably create prosthetics with a 3D printer.
Doctors have already made significant progress in this field. In November of last year, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University made a 3D-printed model heart that can be used for surgeons to practice on.
Across the sea, France made its own use of cybernetic medical technology by building an artificial heart that runs on a form of rechargeable battery, and responds to the patient’s body in real time.
Cybernetics is one field, but full-blown robotics is another entirely. While cybernetics are often used to augment or replace body parts, robots are usually made to train or assist surgeons.
Many of these surgical robots utilize tungsten as an anti-corrosive material. This post talks more about that.
Another type of robot is Pediatric Hal. This robot is the most responsive patient simulator ever created, and represents a big leap in healthcare technology.
It can bleed, cry and interact with doctors and nurses. It seems like the only thing it can’t do is stop looking creepy. That’s something for engineers to solve once more pressing matters, like human health, have been dealt with.
There are a lot of donors and other contributors to this field, but one of the biggest is MedTech. MedTech is a company that has the exploration of medical advancements right in its name.
The Coolest Medical Technology Currently Being Researched
Medical technology is a field as old as medicine itself, and these days it’s gotten quite sophisticated. We’ve talked about some of our favorites in this article, but there are others we didn’t have space for.
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