A look at this past year in terms of medical technologies affirms the notion that these are truly revolutionary times. Fascinating and exciting technologies are being developed and introduced at a regular basis by universities, small and large companies, and several independent groups. Scientists, researchers, and engineers are devising innovative solutions to medical problems that have been around for ages.
Here’s a quick recap of the inspiring medical capabilities of 2015.
- Nanomedicine made remarkable progress in 2015 by not only addressing the main challenge that is cancer, but also tackled many other difficult conditions. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts’ New England Center for Stroke Research and Harvard’s Wyss Institute combined pressure activated nanoparticles with a narrow stent to unblock vessels in the brain and avoid ischemic strokes.
- At-a-distance, hands-free ultrasound technology in a pair of glasses became a reality. The Eyes-On device by Evena Medical uses Epson’s Moverio technology to project and display both infrared light and ultrasound waves to visualize the deeper and peripheral vasculature for procedures.
- The XStat Rapid Hemostasis System was originally developed to stop bleeding from gunshot wounds at battlefields. This year, however, the FDA approved it for civilian use. The syringe is filled with tablets that are made of some kind of absorbent material and this syringe is inserted into the wound. The sponge tablets swell as soon as they come in contact with blood, fill up the space of the wound, and prevent additional bleeding.
- Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles – with the help of NeuroRecovery Technologies – combined non-invasive spinal cord stimulation with a powered exoskeleton to allow a paralyzed man to actually walk again.
- Children born with a complete heart block were given a ray of hope with fetal pacemakers. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles built the pacemaker that can be placed in utero.