With advances in medicine happening at a faster rate than ever; medical imaging is having an increasing impact on the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In particular, sonography is paving the way for safer and quicker diagnosis & sonographers are in higher demand than ever.
So which exciting medical imaging up and comers should we be watching out for to join phenomena like Ultrasound, CT & Mammography in the future?
1. Phase X-Ray Contrast Imaging
Phase Contrast x-ray Imaging is set to be the next imaging method explored clinically. In theory, it has the potential to reduce radiation doses by 10 to 100 times. This X-ray phase contrast imaging is also able to measure the subtler effects of refraction and ultra-small angle scattering and permits visualisation of soft tissue structures that are not detectable by use of conventional x-ray radiographic methods. Watch this space!
2. Smart Phones
Phones nowadays can be used to record blood pressure, ECG’S and capable of holding secure video consultations with a doctor. Developments are now in the pipeline of people wearing wireless sensors to generate personal medical data including blood, oxygen and glucose levels as well as innovative applications to perform ear drum examinations. If that’s not enough, it more than likely we’we will be able to take a smart phone X-ray to detect a broken bone. At present nearly all sophisticated medical imaging devices are being miniaturised. Hand held MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) can’t be far behind…..
3. Digital Files
Another major advance in medical imaging is the migration of X-rays from film to digital files.
Through the use of digital signal processing, X-ray signals can now be converted to digital Images at the point of acquisition, with no trade-offs in image clarity. There are numerous benefits like eliminating costs and time of processing the film to reliable long term storage. The ability to render digital images in real time has led to the use of digital X-ray during surgical procedures enabling doctors to view live images at the exact time of surgery. Advances in medical imaging are frequently complemented by advances in communication networks. Together, they’they have significantly improved patient care whilst reducing overall costs for health care providers & insurance companies.
To conclude, the wonder of medical imaging has been an essential tool for the medical profession following the discovery of x-rays by Professor Roentgen in around 1895. The advent of the digital computer and new imaging modalities like Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging have combined to create an explosion of diagnostic imaging techniques over the past 25 years.
I used to work with Sonographers performing health checks at locations across the UK and Ireland & have first-hand experience of the importance of medical imaging in serious illness diagnoses. Now, I have the wonderful opportunity to use my experience to effectively place people within the most exciting medical imaging roles across the UK & Europe.
I hope the next 25 years are just as creative in the imaging world!
What interesting imaging developments would you like to highlight? I’d love to hear from you!
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