Innovations of Medical Technology that Changed the Medical World

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Medical science is a continuously evolving field with so many things to discover. But little did we know that along with it works medical technology which is always on the lookout for new breakthroughs in medicine to support.

Medicine works to find ways to defeat sickness and improve health while technology works to invent and produce devices that will make the medical field more effective and reliable. Here are some of the most innovative medical devices that changed the course of medical practice.

1. Medical Thermometer

Thermometers are so common nowadays you can almost find one in any home. The thermometer has an important role in medicine because it enables you or any health professional to measure body temperature. Excessive body temperature indicates an infection. Doctors measure body temperature to be able to decide whether antibiotics and other medication are necessary.

2. Stethoscope

The stethoscope is one of the most effective instruments for detecting human pulse and heartbeat. Without the stethoscope, detecting a person’s beating heart would be difficult especially if his or her chest is covered by layers of fat.

3. X-Ray Imaging

Proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries like fractures and broken bones wouldn’t be possible without X-ray imaging. This accidental discovery became a very important instrument for treating injuries and saving lives.

4. Hypodermic Needle

The hypodermic needle was invented only about 150 years ago. It’s most important contribution to medical science is its ability to deliver medication directly and in the right dosage intravenously to facilitate speedy recovery.

5. Spectacles

Spectacles or eyeglasses have helped correct or restore normal vision to millions around the world. Unfortunately, many people take it for granted. Today, people of all ages around the world take benefit from this great discovery.

6. Cardiac Pacemaker

The pacemaker is an instrument that is intended to control or regulate a person’s heartbeat. It is one of the biggest inventions of medical technology. Thanks to two Australian scientists who invented this lifesaving instrument in 1926.

7. CT Scanner and MRI

The discovery of X-ray prompted medical scientists to search for possible ways to access and see inner parts of the body without cutting it open. This paved the way for the invention of the CT scanner.

The MRI on the other hand is a technique used to see the difference between normal and cancerous or malignant cells. It was invented by Dr. Raymond V. Damadian not long after the CT scan was invented.

8. Prosthetics and Implants

Prosthetics is a branch of surgery the main concern of which is to replace missing body parts with artificial substitutes.

Medical implants on the other hand refer to devices or tissues that are placed inside or on the surface of the body. They are intended to perform any of these functions: replace missing body parts, monitor body functions, deliver medication or provide support to specific parts of the body.

The invention of prosthetics and implants did a great job of easing the hard life of people with handicaps. It is one of medical science and technology’s greatest contributions to society.

9. Cardiac Defibrillator

Cardiac defibrillator or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device that keeps track of a person’s heart rate. It is usually placed under the skin with thin wires that are connected to the heart. If the ICD detects an abnormal rhythm, it will deliver electric shock to restore normal heartbeat – and avoid possible cardiac arrest. Defibrillation is another great medical and technological innovation that has saved millions of people all over the word from the brink of death.

These are just a few of the greatest innovations of people who have the commitment and passion to uphold, upgrade and use medical device resources to benefit man in the highest level.

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