Medical imaging has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years, as new and more innovative technology has become available. While not strictly developed for medical diagnosis, many of these innovations have helped us adapt the current machines we use to peer inside the human body. In some cases, entirely new machines have been developed as the result of new technological discoveries. Regardless of the source, these new innovations make it easier to diagnose serious medical conditions sooner.
One of the most exciting innovations is the open MRI machine, which is already in use at many facilities. The device performs the same functions as a traditional MRI machine, while improving the patient experience. The open design eliminates or reduces feelings of claustrophobia for the patient by providing a larger, open area. While the patient must remain still just as in a regular MRI machine, the open area makes the situation less unnerving. Additionally, improved communications between the machine and the technician eliminates feelings of isolation that can also create problems for young or mentally ill patients.
Other newly updated machines available to patients include the 16 Slice CT Scan, High-Resolution Ultrasound, and the digital X-ray machine. In addition to improving the patient experience, these machines have been upgraded with the latest imaging software. This allows them to take more detailed scans of the internal organs, muscles, and bone structures, so identifying medical problems is that much easier. Simplifying medical imaging makes the diagnosis of many conditions more accurate.
As many of us already know, early diagnosis of any medical condition improves the effectiveness of treatment. In some cases, early diagnosis can mean a full recovery. The key to an early diagnosis is in being able to identify the physical manifestations of the illness, which medical imaging allows us to do. By making use of these state of the art devices, we can look into the human body and identify abnormalities as they begin to develop. While medical imaging was intimidating in the past, today’s breakthroughs have made the experience less stressful and more helpful than in the past.