We often hear people bemoan the technological advances our world has made. Make no mistake, we are rapidly growing in advances unlike any other era our young planet has faced. In many ways, the advances have made a fantastic impression and change. One area that has really flourished because of technological advances is the medical sector. Before you complain about the rapidly changing world, read on to learn why some advances were well worth the breakthrough.
Cryogenics has been a long-time staple in the science fiction section of your local library. While we haven’t come to the breakthroughs to preserving entire bodies for reanimation centuries later, we have made incredible progress towards the preservation of organs and biological samples. We see this used on a regular basis through professional lab relocation and transplant transportations. Reanimation isn’t that far off, we are getting closer to that breakthrough often. As of now, human and pig tissue samples are able to be cryopreserved and then rewarmed without damage to the tissue. However, we have quite a way to go. Many organs preserved for transplants only last a few hours and that is typically why transplant patients don’t receive their much-needed organ.
When we think of lasers we sometimes think of an evil overlord, or an alien, pointing a laser at our tender planet and threatening a takeover. However, lasers have made great progress in the world of medicine. Laser engraving has made major breakthroughs in medical tool identification. Identifying tools is truly important during major surgeries or intense experiments. Beyond just that, lasers have played a key role in our eyesight and allowing us to rid ourselves of eyeglasses or the use of contacts. Lasers even save us from treacherous trips to the tattoo parlor and help burn victims with lessening their scars.
Electronic Health Records
You may have noticed in the last few years that doctors and nurses are utilizing netbooks to update your records and access information pertaining to previous appointments. This may not seem like that big of a deal to you but this sort of technological advance has been a life saver in the medical community. Lessening the paper use means freeing up storage space and turning that space into extra rooms for labs and patient rooms. It also means that your information is at their fingertips at all time, no time is wasted looking through boxes of paper files for you. It also translates into less information lost since everything is stored on the cloud and in separate hard drives.
The idea of half-machine and half-human strikes fear into the hearts of many who look to their science fiction for what that looks like. However, we are already seeing it in our day-to-day without it being what we have envisioned for years. Thanks to technology we see folks with prosthetic limbs who would otherwise struggle without their leg or hand. Even folks who are wearing defibrillators and pacemakers are included in the category of cyborg, allowing a piece of machinery to step in and save their lives at any given moment. Will it stop there? No, there are predictions that there will be advances in providing us the ability to hear like a bat and have eyesight similar to a hawk.
While we certainly don’t want to evolve too quickly, there is a lot to be thankful for in terms of technological advances and their use in the medical field. Without them we would still be dying of food poisoning like our ancestors once did!