Every year, the Cleveland Clinic releases its Top Ten list of the most impactful medical innovations for the coming year. Recent winners have included genomic-directed clincal trials, editing the DNA of patients with genetic-based disease with CRISPR, wearables and remote monitoring, and retrievable neurovascular stents.
Here is the list of game-changing medical innovations for 2017.
Echopixel’s new medical imaging VR software enables surgeons to view CT and MRI scans in 3D, isolate specific organs to view them from different angles, view cross-sectional slices, and much more. Take a look here.
The medical and surgical applications for VR and AR continue to expand. Telementoring, battlefield remote surgery, and medical education have been well described. Significant technical limitations still exist, such as the limited field-of-view with Microsoft’s Hololens (see a surgeon’s first hand perspective here). There will be many compelling advantages of this technology in the operating room, for example, see-through surgical navigation using reconstructed CT scans. In the not too distant future I will be able to see my patient’s oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and a myriad of other physiological parameters graphically displayed as a HUD while I am performing a difficult intubation, or emergently placing a central venous catheter.
Recently, UCLA reported the first example of the restoration of consciousness non-invasively, using focused bursts of ultrasound at the patient’s thalamus. The popular website Medgadget shared this exciting news here.