While many people are aware that technology has changed their lives, most often for the better, in many different ways, the majority of the population thinks technology stops with their iPhone, remote control, or HDTV. Since those are the primary sources of tech in many lives, people can be forgiven. One are that gets glanced over in the world of technology is that of health care. Health care, hospitalization, and even a trip to the doctors office are made much more effective due to several pieces of technology that exist in these particular places. Here is a look at five pieces of technology that changed health care:
A variety of different medical imaging technologies are at the disposal of doctors and hospital staffs. While the entire technology started with x-rays, today MRI’s, CAT Scans, and a number of different medical imaging scans help health care professionals reach an effective diagnosis. By actually being able to see how the body is functioning, symptoms and problems can be treated more efficiently.
Cardiopulmonary Bypass Machine
Anyone who has been exposed to heart surgery patients likely knows all about the Cardiopulmonary Bypass Machine. This is the machine that maintains circulation while the heart is being repaired via surgery. Without this machine, which is an amazing piece of tech, open-heart surgeries would not be possible. While the surgeon generally gets a lot of the credit during these procedures, the person running the bypass machine is usually just as important.
A Pacemaker is used to treat abnormal heartbeats, which can lead to a variety to problems including fatigue and fainting. What this amazing piece of tech does is let the heart maintain it’s normal rhythm. Plus, many of the Pacemakers in use today can actually record data from the patient that can be transferred to the caregiver. Pacemakers have let folks maintain physical activity, that otherwise would have even more serious health problems.
Anytime a piece of technology can step in and perform for an actual organ, let alone one as vital as the heart, everyone needs to take notice. So far, results have been promising, though actual heart transplants seem to be more common these days. Still, just the fact that folks are working on this type of technology is simply awe striking.
Ventricular Assist Device or VAD
The Ventricular Assist Device or VAD is one of those devices that takes a second or two to think about. While the device is available in a few different varieties, it is basically used to support cardiac patients before surgery or can actually be used longer term. The VAD helps the heart work, and can even be considered a portable version of the human heart, and that is truly amazing.