The past two decades if not less has seen some tremendous revolution in science and technology. Without any doubts, most of these technological innovations are concentrated mostly on the IT field.
The world has witnessed a rapid change from the era of telephone booths to the age of IPhone in such a short time. Who could have imagined twenty years back a phone that could operate by touching its screen or even voice command? This was unfathomable by then. We are in the era of technology, the era that will never fade away.
With most of the high-tech companies concentrating on computers and smart phones, it’s very easy to brush aside the ongoing revolution in medical technology. Medical technology offers a wide range of possibilities in both diagnosing and treatment of diseases. Some years back, doctors will actually taste a person’s urine in other to diagnose them of diabetes, a disease characterized by elevation in blood sugar. Today, there is the glucose meter, a small device used in measuring blood glucose level.
This device is portable and very easy to use even without the assistance of a doctor. It is very easy to ignore and not appreciate the significance of this medical technology but thanks to this device, millions of people suffering from diabetes can measure their glucose level at any time and place. It has obviously saved many lives as regular checking of sugar levels prevents complications of diabetes which are mostly fatal.
Imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) and ultrasound, which use high-frequency sound waves to create images of underlying tissues and organs, are by far the most widely used medical technology in our world today. These imaging technologies are mostly used for diagnosing diseases and sometimes assist in treatment as well. The latest meditech that blew the minds of everyone was the use of a brain reading device. This technology was successfully clinically tested in 2017.
It enabled doctors to communicate with ‘locked-in’ patients. These are patients who are conscious of their environment but cannot communicate due to neurodegenerative disease, mostly ALS. The brain reading device made it possible for doctors to communicate with their patients in yes or no questions. With the exhibition of new medtech prototypes, the future of medical technology is bright and there will be many revolutionary discoveries that will help doctors treat complicated diseases in the near future.
Written by: William Akuffo-Addo