Life Saving Technology
In 2015 there were many breakthroughs and advances in lifesaving technology such as material sciences, pain-free blood testing technology, foam technology, and many more. These new technological advances help relieve the pain of patients, increase efficiency of paramedics, and increase the ability to diagnose medical conditions.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed an implantable device that could accurately predict the amount which drugs that can work on a specific cancerous tumor. Once the device is implanted into the affected area, it releases minute amounts of different cancer medications. After the medication is applied to the affected area, the doctors are able to see which reacted the most successfully on the affected area, making it easier for them to determine which course of treatment to take.
“I think it is cool that they [scientists] are looking for new ways to improve the environment,” Alex Clark ‘17 said.
Nanotechnology has been working for years on developing the possibility of using nanotech devices to treat diseases. Nanorobots, which are entered into the bloodstream of a patient, can intercept and stop diseases before they develop and keep tissue safely oxygenated after a heart attack. These nanorobots are also capable of targeting specific cancer cells and removing platelets, or disk-shaped cell fragments without a nucleus that are found in large numbers in the blood, and are responsible for clotting.
For the people with a phobia of needles, there is a new, nearly-painless way to get blood drawn. A US-based company called Tasso Inc. has developed a blood analysis the size of a ping-pong ball that a person can hold to their skin for two minutes instead of getting their blood drawn. One blood exertion can be used for up to 100 different tests.
“While certain advances in technology are definitely positive on many levels… other invasive techniques people should be wary of because while you could use nanosurgery and things like that to easily help people in different cases that can soon be harmful if people are instead using more invasive techniques,” Alex Knorr ‘17 said.
Some people may be wary of these new technological advances, but foam technology has been used for decades in helmets, padding, and clothing and is a crucial factor into making a product comfortable and safe.