The Future of Medical Technology
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted all areas of life from the internet to transport. However, it has also revealed just how quickly the world of medical tech can move during a crisis and has given many people hope that vaccines and treatments for some of our most destructive and deadly diseases could be far closer to mass production than we had thought.
Medical technology innovation crosses a whole range of sectors from major pharmaceutical companies and government medical laboratories to smaller biotech firms and specialists in fields such as medical imaging. All of these players come together to produce some of the most exciting innovations in the history of medicine.
The Role of Medical Imaging
Medical imaging has come a long way since the days of the first X-Rays. Nowadays, CT and MRI scanners allow doctors to take 3D images of patients when investigating cancers or other conditions. This type of imaging is also very important in the development of new drugs. Biotech companies involved in their production must be able to clearly see how their drug is interacting with the patient’s body. In order to do this, they turn to companies like Antaros Medical and other specialists in the sector.
The rapid development and testing of the various COVID-19 vaccines in under a year has created hope that we may be a lot closer to discovering vaccines against other dangerous diseases than we had previously thought. An example of this is HIV/AIDS, which was originally the main focus of the team that went onto develop the Oxford vaccine against COVID-19. Not only has the COVID vaccine development process proved that new vaccines can be built in a matter of months, but it has also given regulators such as the FDA in the United States and the EMA in Europe far more confidence in the types of accelerated testing procedures that were used to get these vaccines onto the market as quickly as possible.
While COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for many people, it has also demonstrated just how quickly medical technology can move when it has to and given many of us new hope for the future.