I have always been amazed by how far medical science and technology has advanced in the space of the last decades and wrote a piece back in August illustrating how far medical technologies have progressed since the turn of the last century. Training for a career serving the healthcare field is really exciting because it is a field that will definitely be home to continuing innovation and technological breakthroughs. Take for instance the latest device dreamed up by the engineers at General Electric.
GE CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled the handheld ultrasound machine recently at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Dubbed the Vscan, Immelt claimed the new device is destined to be the “stethoscope of the 21st century”.
According to one report filed by the Huffington Post,
“The device folds open clamshell-style to reveal a small screen on the top half and a circular button pad on the bottom. A small attached wand can be used to generate a noninvasive scan of a patient’s organs or of a fetus.
The Vscan is aimed in part at primary care doctors, who could use it instead of sending patients to get an ultrasound at a specialist’s office. It could also be used by doctors in remote regions without access to hospital equipment.
Immelt said that the device, which will be available sometime next year, will be “very digitally capable” but that it will not have Wi-Fi access to wirelessly transmit ultrasound images.”
It is absolutely amazing to consider how far medical technologies have come since the turn of the 20th century. One can only marvel at the changes each of you will witness during the span of your careers in the healthcare field. One can only imagine what technologies will be coming to the market by the time you reach retirement age.