Essay on Health Care Mangement

3392 Words May 28th, 2014 14 Pages
Medical Technology and U.S. Health Care

Medical Technology and U.S. Health Care Over the course of history, medical technology has continued to evolve in more ways than one. The advancements in surgical procedures, imaging techniques and the use of computer technology has allowed for patients to receive health care in a more convenient and efficient way, but with this convenience and the ever evolving technology comes the burden of cost on the U.S. economy. This paper will review how early medicinal practices have evolved into the technologically advanced world of medicine we live in today, as well as discuss how these advancements play a role in the accessibility, affordability and quality of life and care the patients of the
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Patient suffering, diseases, infections and misdiagnosis were extremely common during these times, which had an impact on the countries mortality and morbidity rates. Fortunately, soon to be advancements in technologies would prove to reduce these rates for the U.S. In 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen introduced the world to its first diagnostic x-ray. It was a radiograph of his wife’s hand, thus allowing the world its first look into the human body. This German physicist paved the way for the ever growing field of medical imaging and its varying technologies. The field of medical imaging today is vast and filled with all kinds of technologies, such as Computerized Axial Tomography scans (CAT scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, etc., all which would have been impossible without Roentgen’s discovery. “In 1972, the first CT scanner was developed by two engineers by the names of Godfrey Hounsfield and Allan Cormack” (Brief History of CT, n.d.). CAT scan revolutionized medicine, in that it allowed physicians to see a three-dimensional image of the inside of the body for the first time. Today’s CAT scan machines are able to compute information so quickly that they can scan a patient’s entire heart within one beat. This technology has allowed physicians the incredible ability of diagnosing patients accurately and quickly allowing for better patient care. On a similar scale to CAT scans, the MRI also

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