Important Advances in Electronics in Healthcare

No other area is impacted more by advances in technology than that of healthcare. Improvements in electronics may translate into better methods of diagnosis, treatment, or tracking trends in disease. When medical equipment is improved, more lives are saved and the quality of life of others is improved. These are some ways that better electronics are being used to improve healthcare in 2017.

Better Disinfection

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are basic electrical components and how ultraviolet-C LEDs are being used for a better method of disinfection than germicides. This new technology stabilizes the power source, uses less power, and works in areas that are otherwise hard to get to. Next in line is the introduction of sanitizing wands and disinfecting cabinets that disinfect mobile devices.

Robotic Surgery

The idea of robotic surgery is nothing new, but the complexity of surgery that can be performed is. The latest version has four robotic arms that don’t need to be undocked to reposition. Communication with a new OR table allows for automatic re positioning.

Florescent Endoscopic Imaging

Endoscopy is a diagnostic tool that allows doctors to view areas of the digestive tract without the need for surgery. Now, indocyanine green imaging fluoresces malignant tissue so that it is easier for doctors to detect malignancies and distinguish them from healthy tissue.

Leadless Pacemakers

Pacemakers have been around for more than half a century, helping people with unhealthy hearts. The first pacemaker was invented when Dr. Wilson Greatbatch plugged the wrong resistor into a circuit and got the response needed to mimic the heart’s natural rhythm. Today, pacemakers are being made without electrical leads that can lead to infection.

In many cases, new ideas in medicine are like new versions of the classic mouse trap. They still have the same goal and even use some of the same parts. The difference is that they do less harm or work more effectively than the older version.

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