As technology has emerged, we have seen that scientists have been able to produce smaller and smaller gadgets for us. Take an example of the computer, it started off as large towering machines that would fill up an entire room to being small handheld devices today. The same applies in the field of health particularly when it comes to medical devices. Nanotechnology has popularly been hailed as the next ‘big’ thing for years now and it is now truly becoming a reality. In this article, we take a look at how nanotechnology has affected medical devices and what we can expect in the future.
Chris Folk, a principal engineer for the Device Strategy Group in Amgen Incorporation has commented on how medical devices have grown over the past few years. According to Folk, there are changes happening in medical nanotechnology – there are new platforms being constructed for drug delivery and newer ways being generated for interacting with the human body. Folk believes that while there are many challenges up ahead, the devices themselves are getting smaller and there is a lot going on in terms of wearable, particularly in the diagnostics and cardiovascular space.
Let us now take a few examples of how nanotechnology has influenced medical devices (and what we will be seeing in the market soon):
While these are just a few chosen medical devices, there are hundreds of such examples available in today’s modern era that highlight how small modern medical devices have become and are expected to become in the near future. Nanotechnology is definitely the next big thing in the medical world and you can soon expect all your devices from diagnostic devices to monitoring devices to be nano-sized.
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