How Technology Has Shaped Modern Medicine

Technology has infiltrated every aspect of human life over the last century or so. It has made life easier, brought luxury and damage in the same measure. Likewise, it has reinvented the human approach to combating diseases and the organisms that cause the diseases. Here are ways that technology has shaped modern medicine.

Better Disease Diagnosis

Technology has made it easier for doctors to single out diseases with a high degree of accuracy. For example in earlier centuries, doctor relied on auscultation and percussion (listen to heart beats and chest sounds by placing the ear on the chest. However, with the invention of the stethoscope, doctors were able to distinguish one type sound to the other during the physical diagnosis. X-ray is another invention that helped doctors explore deep into the body without having to perform surgery. Other such technologies include MRI, CT, ULTRASOUND, and magnetic CAT scans.

Better Research and Development

Technology has enabled the doctors to understand different disease-causing organisms and their damage to the body. This helped the researchers in finding ways of killing the organisms. For example, the invention of the microscope helped scientists single out microorganisms causing certain diseases. They were then able to monitor their behaviors and get medicine to kill the organisms. Technology has helped in researching antibiotics, vaccines and the establishment of the germ theory of disease.

Easy Access to Medical Information

It is easy for physicians to access thousands of medical journals at the touch of their smartphones. They can also exploit the online medical databases to look for case studies, pathology of the diseases as well as the patient history for accurate medical diagnosis. With the use of such technologies as video conferencing, email, texting and video facilities, physicians can consult experienced colleagues from around the world without having to move the patient.

Increasing Life Expectancy

The use of technology has helped improve the lives of patients suffering from terminal illnesses as well as increasing their life expectancy. For example, patients with terminal heart illnesses may benefit from pacemakers and life longer. Life support machines keep the patients alive as doctors find ways to stabilize their conditions. Additionally, a medical imaging specialist with a bachelor’s in radiology says advancements in imaging technology have allowed doctors to detect life-threatening conditions sooner. Many other conditions such as kidney failure, some tumors, and severe injuries depend on technology to keep the patients alive for longer.

Technology is evolving, and many solutions are coming into the medical field. Better medicine has helped improve the quality of life, reduced pain, and suffering and helped the general population to live longer.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on technology and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and rock climbing.

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