This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man - if man is not enslaved by it. -Jonas Salk
The 21st century is an era where technology is made ubiquitous, much to regard it as a need in everday life. Technology’s development and innovation is significant because it improves our quality of life. Advancement in technology has lead to medical research curing numerous diseases, new drugs and equipments and has given us an opportunity to better maintain ourselves and understand the world rather than focus on our own. Technology is important today because it provides us the knowledge we need about ourselves and what we can do to better maintain it.
Science alone is useless without application. Technology allows us to create machines and conduct researches and make everything in science and healthcare field possible and beneficial to all.
Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner first installed in 1974, is a special kind of machine that sends out x-ray beams simultaneously from different angles in our body and produces virtual images. Originally designed to take pictures of the brain, it is now used for taking pictures virtually of any part of our body.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans are machines which provide detailed images of our anatomical structure and open a vital window to other parts of our body. It detects signs of arterial sclerosis in the heart and finds ruptured disks, torn cartilage and tumours in our spine, bones, and joints - with the no harmful side effects attached, thanks to the weak magnetic and radio waves used in the procedure.
John Hopps, a Canadian, is the pioneer of the artificial pacemaker and is regarded as “father of biomedical engineering” for his contribution in Canada. At the age of 12, he joined the National Research Council in 1941 after training at the University of Manitoba as an electric engineer. He found that through mechanical means, the heart could artificially start again after its exposure to a cooling process. He was able to build the first pacemaker in 1950.
An x-ray image of the pacemaker inside the body
In 2009, the Japanese company, Panasonic, also unveiled their latest invention – a robot capable of distributing drugs to its patients and have the ability to write prescriptions. The robot will require 2 hours to complete a job in a hospital with 400 beds, compared to 4 hours a skilled pharmacist needs to do the same task.
An image of the Panasonic Robot who is capable of distributing drugs and prescribing medications to its patients.
Our modern development in technology has lead to the increase of many inventions and research responsible for finding solutions to problems we deem impossible to cure.
The shift in our era is reflected upon significant inventions such as the CT scanners, pacemakers, stethoscopes, x-rays, heart monitors and defibrillators which all have been successful contributions to healthcare and is responsible for saving many lives. It proves that improvements in science and medicine goes hand-to-hand with technology in providing us better diagnostic tools, imaging techniques and equipments leading to better research and treatment. Without technology, many of the advancements today wouldn’t be possible and goes to show technology is not something we should take for granted. Technology has in fact come a long way and while many think technology is at its peak, I believe that there is always more to come.
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