Advancements in medical technology are saving lives and curing illnesses. Early disease detection and improved tools help doctors to continually improve the care they deliver to patients. The following medical advancements are sure to save lives and change the world for the better.
Early Breast Cancer Detection
Mammography creates a 3D x-ray image of breast tissue. It provides more accurate screening for breast cancer and other conditions, especially when combined with a mammogram. The mammography machine has an x-ray arm that arcs over the breast while taking images from various angles. Studies have shown that mammography increases early cancer detection by 47%.
Making Shots Better
The Luer Lock consists of a syringe with a male Luer Lock fitting and a needle with a female Luer Lock fitting. The female fitting covers the male fitting allowing a needle to be twisted onto a syringe tip and locked in place. This guarantees the needle is securely and safely connected to the syringe, thereby preventing the needle from disconnecting mid injection. Needles without the Luer Lock are simply pushed onto the edge of a syringe and are infrequently expelled during injection.
Improving the Quality of Lung Transplants
Due to injury and infections, lung transplantation is only possible from about 15% of organ donors. Due to this severe shortage, there are many people in need of lung transplants who never receive them. Ex vivo lung perfusion cleans and repairs lungs so they can be used for transplantation. According to expert estimates, up to 40% of the lungs not suitable for transplant could be made suitable with ex vivo lung perfusion.
Early Melanoma Detection
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. The new handheld optimal scan device uses the same imaging technology used by the military for missile navigation. The scan uses ten different wavelengths of light to analyze moles and skin anomalies. In clinical trials the device was able to correctly identify 98% of melanomas.
Identifying Bacteria Faster
Bacterial infections can be dangerous and rapid diagnosis is often critical to ensuring the right medication is administered. With mass spectrometry it is now possible to identify bacteria in minutes rather than days. Additionally, the cost for doctors to perform the test is estimated to be $0.50.
As medical technology continually improves patients can expect better care and improved diagnostics. Early detection can be critical for many conditions. With these advancements patients can improve their health and doctors can change the world.