Recent Innovations That Greatly Improve Medical Care
The recent, rapid advancements in technology are good news for both medical practitioners and the public alike. For the past few centuries, medicine and technology have thrived together, and ongoing advancements in both the medical industry and pharmaceuticals have saved and enhanced countless lives. Today, let’s look at a few recent innovations that are profound and noteworthy, and could help save lives in the future.
Advancements In Lab Rat Models
Researchers from all over the globe acknowledge that, in the past few decades, rat models have increasingly been used for medical research and testing has become increasingly pertinent. Rats are the popular choice for experimental genetic models because of their biological characteristics, which closely resemble those of humans. Because of the unique physiology and DNA of rats, researchers have been able to study a wide range of biological and pathophysiological systems that are not feasible using other animal models.
One of the best examples of this is the SRG rat, a strain of lab rats that are bred and genetically modified specifically for their high immunodeficiencies, making them ideal for oncological studies in the ongoing battle against cancer. These rats help to provide strong data quickly and efficiently to researchers, making their research easier and faster.
Both patients and healthcare workers alike can benefit from 3D printing. For individuals who aren't all the same shape with respect to the fit and feel of mass-produced prostheses, specific and unique designs can be created to suit their needs. Another innovation being used by doctors is tissue engineering, which harnesses stem cells as a source of tissue development, and is having a big influence on organ transplantation.
Using 3D-printed epidermal tissue, burns sufferers can avoid agonizing and unsightly skin transplants. Radiology is another area in healthcare that uses 3D printing. In the future, physicians could be able to detect anomalies better with a more complete picture by transferring these 2D photos into another plane and be better able to discover an issue that they could have overlooked in a picture.
Immunotherapies fall under the category of biotherapy, also known as biological response modifier (BRM) treatment, because they employ components from live creatures to treat disease. Certain immunotherapy procedures, also known as gene therapies, involve modification to genes to improve the capacity of immune cells to combat cancers.
Immunotherapies have also been shown to increase the efficacy of several medicines for cancer treatment, prevention, or management, by combining them with specific therapies, chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation. Immunotherapy has been extending and saving the lives of people with cancer, despite the fact that researchers are still learning how to fully harness the body's capacity to fight disease. Compared to conventional cancer therapies, immunotherapy shows promise to be more accurate, customized, and successful.
Imagine how relaxed you would feel having your doctor conduct an operation knowing that they have done it often before. Now imagine the surgeon entering the operating room and knowing exactly how to perform a procedure, despite never having performed it on a person before. Thanks to augmented reality technology, both working doctors and medical students can learn how to perform operations on a 3D representation of a human body. With augmented reality, doctors operate on digital models of patients without facing severe consequences if they fail, creating a low-risk instructional setting. This helps the doctor to concentrate on the job at hand and makes them more prepared to face the real thing.
There are still great strides to be made before the medical industry fully understands how these innovations will best fit into current medical processes, partly because of the early stages that many of these systems are still in. The healthcare sector will only become more efficient as technologies and medicine become more closely entwined, allowing for the delivery of high-quality treatment that is readily available to all people who need it.