5 Breakthroughs That Are Helping The Medical Industry

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Every facet of the medical industry is subject to constant innovation and upgrade. And the rate of introduction of new and truly helpful medical devices and technologies is only accelerating as the years go by.

There have clearly been far too many new breakthroughs in medical technology in recent times to list them all here, but here are 5 of the most interesting and most important of such innovations:

1. A Better Mouse Tag

We hear over and over again about building a better mousetrap, but in the medical industry, mouse ear tags are far more important to research than are traps. Check this out to learn more about using more humane, more convenient, and more effective mouse ear ID tags that allow for new medical innovations to be made while the “test subjects” do not suffer.

These ear tags even come in multiple colors to facilitate quick “secondary” (visual) identification. A high tech ear tag for mice might not seem like a huge innovation, but given the critical nature of research and pretesting of new medications, it actually is.

2. Better, Faster Prototypes

Prototyping allows you to explore your ideas quickly, easily, and with minimal investment and minimal risk. By starting with prototypes of new medical devices and equipment, experts in medical industry can learn important lessons “cheaply”, then apply them in the actual production stage.

New prototype technology is making it faster than ever to test multiple ideas and accelerate the time to market of new medical products, while delivering enhanced performance at the same time.

3. Metal-stamped Company Seals

Biometrics is fine for ID-ing individuals authorized to work with sensitive data, but a medical company’s “signature” requires something else. It’s no longer enough to go with ordinary signatures, either, since forging signatures is far too easy in this day and age.

Metal stamping technology applied to seals for medical companies is yet another example of an important improvement in medical safety and in keeping medical costs down by lowering liability risk.

4. Melanoma-detecting Optical Scanners

In the past, a multitude of totally harmless moles that were feared to possibly be cancerous melanoma required invasive surgeries just to find out the truth.

Today, there are handheld devices that can scan mole tissue via multispectral analysis, which add extra information to the analysts databank. This information often allows an identification without resorting to surgery or biopsy, which saves time, money and eliminates much stressful wait time for patients.

5. “Electronic Aspirin”

Migraine and other severe headaches often are caused by irritation to the SPG (spheno-palatine ganglion) nerve bundle.

New medical devices can now block these SPG pain signals. A nerve-stimulation device is implanted in the gums on the “headache side” of one’s head, and placing  a “remote control” like device on one’s cheek can deaden the pain when the headaches act up.

Thus, we see there is a wide spectrum of types of innovations that can, directly or indirectly, assist patients and medical care providers alike (and everyone else involved in the whole medical industry) in delivering better, faster, and more convenient care.

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