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Are New Medical Technologies Really That Better

Are New Medical Technologies Really That Better?

Technology is very appealing, especially in the medical field, where time and accuracy is very vital. They are believed to be helpful. Consequently, countless of medical equipments are developed and created every year. The newer, the more it is attractive to people. But, it is said that one should not conclude that the newer, the better. In addition, they are highly priced, contributing to a costly medical care. Evidence is not enough to prove that they really are superior to the older ones. Like laser that made its popularity in 80’s and 90’s. The use of laser to melt the brain becomes widespread. They said it is far more accurate than the traditional procedure of removing the tumor in the brain. Later, they just realize how it is expensive and demands longer time to finish the procedure. Its effect in the patient was not that good.
Yet again, surgeons are using another technology that are told to be as well, a useful equipment for surgery. Intraoparative surgical navigation uses the imaging scans that create a 3-D picture of the brain. Neurosurgeons are guided by these images in removing as larger as possible tumor but at the same time avoiding the damage of the surrounding brain tissue.
What we actually need is proof which claim is the truth. Well-designed studies could tell us what we want to ask. International model are very suggestive to a reliable result. In other well developed countries, new medical technologies are undergone into a series of studies in a handful of academic medical centers of excellence before they are introduced to the market. While in the United States, industry influences the spread and use of the medical technologies. Manufacturers invest their money by paying studies, medical meetings, advertisements and sign up influential and famous physicians. There are possibilities that money and not strict assessments and tests that made equipments pass and approved. Surgeons promote a certain medical technology not because it is effective but most probably because he’s been pay well.
Business industry is inseparable in the development of technology that is very helpful to diagnose and treat the disease. But we should not let the industry to influence the production of high quality equipment. We should also be wise in regard to the cost of the new technology and choose those that are worth the price.
Medical technology, with their usefulness comes with side effects and negatives, like for example image scanners could emit a high dose of radiation. Over exposure could cause the patient risk of cancer and many other untoward reactions. In addition a study conducted in Loyola University Chicago Stritch resulted to the discovery that an ordinary exams by a skilled physician could do better than imaging scans in predicting the need of another operation for a brain surgery patients.

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