Improving Diagnosis Through Technology

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Improving Diagnosis Through Technology

Over the years, advancements in healthcare technology have improved medical care. Through backward integration, technology has been embedded in diagnostic processes and equipment, making them increasingly sophisticated and efficient. Technology enables diagnostic solutions to be more personalized as well as productive.

The role of diagnostic tests is not limited to only confirming a diagnosis. They aid healthcare providers to detect a disease early on before the onset of symptoms and prevent more dire health consequences. They help to better manage treatment, while various technological tools can be used to even predict the likelihood of health problems. Smart detection techniques can even help in controlling the spread of a pandemic.

Today, diagnostic testing is undergoing constant enhancements with continuous upgrades in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and digitalization of health records. For instance, in addition to improving the field of medical imaging, with AI, data combination and interpretation have become swifter and more accurate. On the other hand, IoT has revolutionized healthcare facilities across the globe. Through IoT, intelligent connecting devices, systems, and tools now enable access to endless data that can help in taking timely, specific, and relevant decisions.

Some other revolutionary innovations in the field of medical diagnostics are:

  • MasSpec Pen – This innovative diagnostic tool is used post-cancer surgery to check if all traces of the cancer have been removed. The MasSpec Pen can accurately identify cancerous tissue during surgery in 10 seconds and with over 96% accuracy. It analyses the metabolites from the tissue, which differ between normal and cancerous cells, and presents the results for quick and critical decisions.
  • Point-of-Care Zika Test – Zika can now be tested even before the symptoms appear. This test is designed using a paper which has tiny gold nanorods. The paper’s color changes when immunoglobins in the blood of an infected patient touch it. It is a low-cost as well as user-friendly test.
  • Sweat Sensor – Many wearable devices are now being used as monitoring or diagnostic tools. Not only are they easy-to-use but also instrumental in facilitating regular inflow of data. A new sweat sensor test has been designed to measure chloride ions in the sweat to detect cystic fibroids.
  • 3D Imaging – With 3D imaging, it is now possible to spot abnormalities that could earlier be missed. For instance, 3D imaging is now proven to be effective in delineating normal and abnormal regions in lung and lymph node tissues.
  • Electrochemical Diagnostics – Self-powered, Paper-based Electrochemical Devices (SPEDs) are particularly advantageous for users in remote regions or military bases. This device is made from paper and, therefore, light in weight and flexible. It allows testing of several diseases without any expert help.
  • Microfluidic Chip – This is a newly developed integrated chip that can be used in healthcare settings to identify pregnant women who may need medical interventions. The chip concentrates, separates, and detects tiny amounts of P1 peptide in blood samples, which can indicate increased risk of preterm birth.
  • IVD – The new in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) segment is witnessing developments such as Fluorescence Immunoassay (FIA). A sensitive technique, FIA can be used to measure various compounds such as drugs, hormones, and proteins. It can also be used to identify antibodies, and quantify antigens, such as viral particles, and, potentially, bacteria.

These are only a few examples of the new-age sophisticated tools, processes and equipment being designed with advanced technology. The diagnostic segment has successfully adopted diverse technologies and integrated these in its processes and functions to become more efficient and resourceful. Automation of tests is cutting down delivery time and producing accurate and reliable results. The tests have also become varied and more cost-effective. Further digitalization of this industry is expected as technological advancements continue and new innovations enter the market.