More advanced imaging will be transformative for the healthcare sector, facilitating doctors to see, classify, diagnose, and treat patients more swiftly, accurately, and proficiently.
FREMONT, CA: Innovative and life-saving therapies are endlessly being developed by medical device R&D teams around the globe. From embolic, clot-busting drugs, and absorbable scaffolds to drug eluding stents, it is exciting to see that treatments are becoming more progressive than ever before. With these progressions, it is observed that treatments and therapies can sometimes be substantially larger.
Effectively condensing an extensive therapy down to a profile that can be securely delivered deep in the vasculature through a catheter is a significant challenge. Not only are some treatments and cures getting bigger, but as medical science develops, the areas of the body that a surgeon tries to reach are smaller and more torturous.
It is inspiring that medical advances mean that one can now employ catheters to reach further into delicate areas like the brain and below the knee, but getting this far into the body safe and sound comes with its own set of challenges. Therefore, the need for softer, more supple, thinner components is vital. Design engineers require a range of materials and tools at their disposal to develop new catheters that can o
vercome the issues.
Simplifying Transformative Technologies
The area of imaging is likely to see a more significant opportunity moving forward. More advanced imaging will be transformative for the healthcare sector, facilitating doctors to see, classify, diagnose, and treat patients more swiftly, accurately, and proficiently. This aspect will be driven by improved imaging technology and the advent of smart catheters using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
At present, there are sensors (some accessible now, and some in development) that are small enough to fit in a catheter. Combining this with robotics and AI could enable a new generation of catheters and therapy options that are safer and more dependable. The occurrence eventually translates to fewer complications, dangers, and reductions in healthcare expenses. In essence, these disparate tools are being progressed autonomously–marrying up these ideas could be transformative for the medical device sector.