Over the past few decades computer based technology has become a mainstay in our daily lives. Some of us use it for relaxation, others for work. One field that has evolved more with the introduction of computer technology is the medical field. Doctors once had to handwrite every note and instruction; they can now dictate everything into a computer system. Once patients had to rely on therapists to assist in their recovery from injuries or surgery, there are now machines that can stimulate or relax muscles as needed. As we venture further into 2013, there are quite a few devices worth looking at.
Traumatic injuries can become life threatening in a matter of seconds. When it’s a race against the clock, trauma teams need every advantage they can get. One of the newest tools soon to be on the market, the ITClamp, was designed by a Canadian surgeon who was inspired by a simple hair clip. The clamp is designed to be applied within seconds to smaller wounds or places that a traditional tourniquet wouldn’t work like the neck.
The field of prosthetics has certainly come a long way over the past few decades. What were once big and cumbersome pieces can now be molded and shaped out of lightweight quick reaction materials. The use of new materials and technology allows users to enjoy a more natural life. New legs, arms, hands and even fingers can allow the user to get back to the activities they enjoyed prior to their injury, illness or accident.
3D or 4D Ultrasound Imagery
Every expectant parent nervously awaits the day their son or daughter will be born. Many thinking what will he or she look like? With advances in ultrasound technology, parents can answer that question well before their new bundle of joy is born. Since getting a 3d or 4d ultrasound is considered an elective procedure most insurance may not cover it. If you are interested in the procedure, consult with your medical team and insurance company to determine the cost involved.
The practice of keeping medical records has been around as long as the field itself. Gone are the days where these records have to be kept by hand though. Technology has replaced handwritten notes and information making it not only easier to understand, but also easier to access.
Technology’s impact on medicine continues to grow by the day. The programs and devices listed above are just some of the tools on the market today.
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Heather B has always been interested in the latest and greatest technological advances in the medical field. She enjoys sharing her findings with others.