Radiology plays a crucial role in healthcare, form detecting disease and monitoring treatment progress, to offering therapeutic interventions, medical imaging devices are a key component of a healthcare facility.
In recent years, the massive explosion in technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) has birthed numerous advances in medical imaging technology that brings promise to how healthcare will be delivered in the future. Mammography: Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT)
Digital mammography is the new way of breast imaging because it offers better visibility of breast lesions or diseases and helps to detect cancer earlier and better. With DBT, several images are produced along the breast of combining two angles or projections of images, as employed by conventional breast imaging.
DBT enables radiographers and physicians to view each layer of your breast independently with the adequate detailing of each structure, to enable precision of diagnosis. For you, it prevents a likelihood of medical errors, problems with image formation, and repetition of imaging procedures.
When your doctor combines DBT with ultrasound and MRI, the diagnostic accuracy increases and the presence of a lesion is easily confirmed. DBT brings an exciting advantage to mammography – limiting exposure to radiation, ensuring imaging quality improves significantly while also limiting risks to the patient.
Portable Ultrasound Machines
Portable imaging equipment has revolutionized healthcare, as we know it. Portable ultrasound machines have found use in emergency settings when a patient requires prompt ultrasonography and for patients in remote areas who don’t have access to tertiary care.
Portable ultrasound machines rely on battery power only to provide efficient imaging options including color-flow Doppler imaging. This reduction in size has increased the use of ultrasound technology to provide emergency care and imaging services in remote areas.
PET/CT Hybrid Technology
This hybrid technology is one of the biggest advances in medical imaging technology. It eradicates stop-and-go radiological technique, providing quality images on one progressive motion on the patient’s table without any need to stop and reset the angle.
This technology is highly useful for extensive surgeries where continuous imaging of the patient is needed. The PET/CT hybrid device enhances image quality which results in a higher diagnostic accuracy and better patient outcomes.
Claustrophobic patients have always had a difficult time staying still under an MRI machine but the advent of open MRI eliminates this problem. These open MRI machines are less restrictive and open on its sides while still maintaining image quality.
Another advantage of the open machine is that it can accommodate heavy patients since, being open, it provides more space for those patients. These new ones can accommodate people who weigh up to 350 to 400 pounds.
There are many more advances in medical imaging which are expected to change the scene in the coming years, as scientists and biomedical engineers learn new ways of doing things. As technology advances and becomes simpler, it will redefine healthcare and improve patient outcomes by recreating diagnostic and therapeutic modalities and making healthcare delivery more effective.
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