Technological advances are constantly changing the ways in which healthcare professionals can treat patients, but what can we expect from the future in medtech?
Industrial components supplier, RS Components has created an informative infographic looking into what medical technologies will be used in our bodies in the future.
The company outlines how recent developments such as a thought controlled robotic leg, developed at the Center for Bionic Medicine and the Feinberg School of Medicine, alongside battery powered hearts develop by SynCardia, are paving the way for future medtech predictions.
The infographic predicts that by 2035, we may be able to upgrade our senses with implants that detect more signals such as radio waves and x-rays, potentially letting blind people move around ultrasonically.
By 2050 we may even be able to create exact replicas of the human brain, according to Dr Ian Pearson who equates it to “essentially making a backup of yourself, so if one day you get run down by a bus, it doesn’t really matter, you’ve got a back-up.”
Closer to the present are artificial pancreases that can monitor a person’s blood sugar and automatically adjust the level of insulin to meet their body’s needs. These devices are becoming more common, with models made by companies such as Medtronic and academic institutes like Cambridge University.
The infographic also details how organ transplants may be a thing of the past by 2030, with 3D printing allowing for the creation of simple organs and arteries. More so, the creating of artificial bone scaffolds using CAD software and inkjet printers could help the healing process for bones.
Check out the infographic to see what the future of the bionic body looks like.
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