The part played by medical devices and related types of equipment in the medical industry is very helpful for doctors to analyze and monitor their patients. The constantly changing trends in the medical device technology are also important in improving the standard of living of the patients who are dependent on these medical devices. There have been many critical innovations that have been changing the medical industry for the past years. Here are some of the major trends in medical device technology.
Advances in Heart Surgeries
Since open-heart surgeries are dangerous to an extent, the sudden discoveries and developments in the medical device technology are helping the heart specialists to discover new procedures for surgeries. For example, the replacement of the tricuspid and mitral valve gives access to the heart by a catheter in the skin of the patient. It also has the ability for reducing the time for recovery and re-admissions to save lives.
Handling Drug Addiction
Illegal consumption of drugs has been affecting lives, devastating the communities and putting a strain on public services over the years. The Food and Drug Administration in the United States is trying hard to tackle substance abuse happening in the country by using medical device technology. The use of transcranial magnetic stimulation devices and Virtual Reality Therapy falls among some of the approved plans that are beneficial in tackling drug abuse and addiction.
Treatment for Depression
Medical devices are under the consideration to be included as one of the standard options in the treatment of mental illness, mainly depression. The National Health Care System in the UK has introduced device for brain stimulation, and these can be available in the pharmacies via prescription.
Most people who suffer from mental illness have reduced activity at the left frontal lobe, which mainly controls decision making and emotional expression. A wearable device, known as flow headset, has been built and can be attached to the head of the patient using electrodes. This can give electrical stimulation to the part of the cerebrum; each session of the stimulation mostly lasts for about half an hour. A few researches are also testing on a small device that can be implanted in the brain for regulating the functions and pulses of electrical stimulation of the brain when a patient is starting to feel low.
Use of IoT and Smart Devices
IoT-based devices are providing the manufacturers of the devices with a broad array of new sets of data that help provide prospective applications for their business.