These days when patients go to the hospital they can be seen, diagnosed and treated within the same day. Much of this is owing to the presence of Medical Equipment designed for imaging made by companies. In recent years the advances in such equipment and the software and computer systems that underpin its operation has allowed medical diagnosis and testing to become faster and more accurate than it has been at any previous point in history. Here are 5 key advances in medical imaging technology that have greatly improved the quality of care we receive when we are patients at the hospital.
- Nano Particles – Nano technology has made it easier for physicians, imaging technicians, and assistants to gain the information they need to make a diagnosis. These small particles can act as contrast agents when injected into the patient allowing tissues that would usually appear transparent to show up in medical imaging scans. Many of these particles utilize radioactive isotopes, properties and elements to highlight various organs, features, and growths in the medical imaging.
- 3-D Printers – While not yet deployed 3-D printers promise to play a vital role in the health care and treatment of the future. There are several functionalities 3-D printers will bring to the healthcare field. One application will use medical imaging of broken bones or problem organs to print models based on what the computer software can see, therefore giving physicians and patients a stronger understanding of their medical state.
- Virtual 3-D MRI Imaging – While the MRI system is the greatest medical equipment break through since the x-ray machine it is about to be further improved upon again. The next generation of MRI machines can actually create better 3-D models that provide more detail than ever before. Further scans can be completed faster, allowing the high priced machines to process more patients in the course of a single day.
- Tablet Based Ultrasound System – A great innovation on an old technology is a new tablet based ultrasound system. This system allows paramedics to use ultrasound technology while riding with a patient to the hospital, and transmit the results via the Internet to the hospital before the patient actually arrives. The result is faster treatment and diagnosis, and more lives saved.
- Next Generation Equipment – The next generation of imaging equipment is having a huge impact on the health field. While not as fancy as some of the new innovations that are in testing it is something that is actively saving lives. New technology used to perform mammograms on women’s breasts has lead to a quadrupling in correctly diagnosing cancer in women who are difficult to image because of dense breast tissue.