You have probably noticed that technological advancements have affected different fields. The medical field has not been left behind. There have been developments in medical devices. These developments have led to the delivery of better medical services. For instance, when you go to hospitals with newly developed medical devices, you will not spend a lot of time there. Also, you are likely to recover fast due to the availability of such devices. All this is a result of the following technological advancements.
The Development Of Robotic Surgical Systems
Surgical procedures can now be done using robotic systems. Such systems have cameras for monitoring a patient during surgery and a magnified screen for showing doctors what is happening. They also have parts that act as special arms for holding instruments used for performing surgery.
When undergoing a robotic surgical operation, your doctors will not stand over you like they would if they were performing a traditional surgery. Instead, they will be nearby, controlling a robot to perform the surgery. During the surgery, the doctor will make tiny medical cuts in your body and insert miniaturized robotic instruments and a camera. Using a console, the doctor will manipulate the robotic instruments to make particular movements in your body. The system will respond to the instructions given by your doctor and perform surgery.
Unlike traditional surgeries, robotic surgeries have many benefits. For instance, you will recover faster when you undergo robotic surgery than you would if you underwent the traditional surgery. The surgery will also be more precise since robots have a wide range of motion and can reach body areas that a human being can hardly reach.
Doctors have to be trained in controlling robotic surgical systems for them to perform surgery using this system. When they are trained, they can perform heart, general, thoracic or colorectal surgery. They will also advise you on how to manage pain after the surgery.
The Development Of Smart Inhalers
You probably own an inhaler if you are suffering from an obstructive pulmonary disease such as asthma. These medical devices offer medication directly to a person’s airway without it getting into the bloodstream. In recent years, there have been technological advancements around this medical device, leading to smart inhalers’ development.
Smart inhalers have sensor technology that helps record any data when this device is used and the user’s location. For instance, when you have a smart inhaler, you can connect it with a mobile application using the Bluetooth of your phone. The application will remind you when you are supposed to use the inhaler and alert you whenever you forget to carry your inhaler.
On the flip side, doctors can use the recorded data to monitor your condition and predict the next time you are likely to get an asthma attack. Such predictions can help them reduce the severity and length of your asthma attack and prevent the worsening of your condition. Information on your location can help them predict factors that trigger your asthma attacks.
Sometimes people used smart inhalers incorrectly. As a result of this, smart inhalers with acoustic sensors have been developed. These sensors indicate when a patient is using an inhaler incorrectly.
The Development Of Non-Linear Optics
Medical lasers are used in the medical field to remove or treat infected tissues. Non-linear optics has improved the working of these lasers. For instance, non-liner optic elements are being inserted into laser cavities to diversify the coherent light coming from the laser. In some cases, they alter the color of the light and create laser light pulses.
A couple of medical centers buy lithium tri-borate (lbo) crystals and use them in lasers for a second harmonic generation. These crystals have a broad transparency range and a large SH coefficient. They are also very durable and have a high damage threshold.
Several technological advancements have happened in the medical field leading to the development of better medical devices. For instance, doctors are now using robotic surgical systems and smart inhalers to offer better treatment to their patients. When these devices are used well, better medical services are offered, and the recovery time is reduced. However, a doctor must be trained in their usage before using them for better results to be achieved.