One of our readers at nursingschools.net sent along an interesting set of medical technologies that are good examples of new and evolving technologies impacting patient care.
- Faster MRIs. Cutting MRI imaging time seven-fold will yield great research and clinical benefits.
- Water fleas as new human testing models. Genetic homology with humans may make these valuable human test subject.
- Molecular imaging. Bridging the gap between molecular biology and imaging to elucidate molecular level precursors to organ failure.
- Magnetic molecules. Room temperature control of the magnetic state of molecules may lead to a variety of medical and non-medical applications.
- Bioengineered blood vessels. Faster graft generation, better than synthetic. (This has also been the subject of tissue engineering in our Report #S520.)
- STEM microscopes. High-speed, 3D recording of individual neurons firing could dramatically improve understanding of neural pathologies.
- Blurring man/machine. Brainwave control of machines. (See also "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal", Time Magazine.)
- Laser biopsies. Painless, noninvasive.
- Wireless heart monitoring. Potential for earlier detection of heart failure events to dramatically reduce readmissions.