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Advances in Medical Technology Continue to Offer Improved Diagnostics and Treatments

Dr. M A Kamal

Sept.-Oct., 2011

Few of the newest medical advancements in the medical field today; computed tomography (CT) methods such as nano-tomography, 3-D imaging of bone structure, and MicroNeedle technologies. Robotic surgical technologies like the daVinci System and CyberKnife technology offer the best in both diagnostic imaging and more effective medical treatment plans for global travelers seeking the best in affordable and quality medical care.

New, state-of-the-art medical equipment and tools offer medical patients today the chance to catch diseases like cancer earlier. Take the portable breast scanner developed by the University of Manchester based on radio frequency that can spot both malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors on home computers.

Technologies from NASA enabled a company in Connecticut to develop what is called the MED-SEG system, which aids doctors in the analysis and diagnosis of imaging such as mammograms, ultrasound and other types of medical imaging, reducing human error in diagnostics.

And 3-D imaging offers high resolution for cardiac care and can view heart blood vessels, or cardiac vasculature, myocardial scar tissue and other injury or disease to the heart muscle. Known as 3-D Tesla MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), this technology can not only see the muscle tissue that makes up walls of the heart (myocardium) but the blood vessels of the heart, creating three-dimensional images. Patients recommended for bypass surgeries or pacemakers may benefit from the imaging technique when it comes to heart blood vessel interventions and procedures.

 

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