Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week 4: MedTech and Art

After going over this weeks material, it was very eye opening to see how art and medical technology can be grouped into the same category in certain ways.  The advancements made in medical technology over the years is astonishing, and has proved to be extremely useful in saving countless lives by detecting and preventing things that could prove to be fatal.  Machines such as an X-ray machine, MRI, CT scan, and modes of surgery that are non-invasive.  Medical technology has also allowed people to experience senses that they have previously been unable to experience.  Visually impaired people can now see, deaf people are now able to hear, and other scientific advancements have given people experiences they have not been able to enjoy before.  

The X-ray, which was discovered in 1895, has been one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.  Another pivotal invention, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, has given doctors the ability to gain a deeper look as to potential medical problems people may have.  Also, prosthetics have been extremely beneficial to many people, giving them the ability to have use to a limb or other body part that was previously lost.  Professor Vesna talks about an art display called Body Worlds, which is a traveling exhibition created by Gunther von Hagens, and aims to give people an in-depth look at the human body.

"Amputee Simultaneously Controls Two Robotic Prosthetic Limbs With His Thoughts." IFLScience. N.p., 19 Dec. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. 
Bellis, Mary. "The Invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)." Inventors., 03 Feb. 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
"Gif Best." Funny Gifs, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
"History of Radiography." NDT Resource Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
"Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)." Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Norton, Kim N. "A Brief History of Prosthetics." Amputee Coalition. N.p., Nov.-Dec. 2007. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
"The Visible Human Project." U.S. National Library of Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
"The 10 Greatest Medical Inventions of the Last 50 Years." Healthcare Business and Technology. N.p., 20 May 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

1 comment:

  1. Garrett,

    After reading your post, I am very interested in delving deeper into learning about the benefits received from the non-invasive forms of medical technologies. I feel that your mentioning of these technologies, ones that allow people to experience new senses that may have been previously restricted to them is an amazing concept, and one I wish you would have elaborated more upon. I really like the idea and believe that these advancements in medical technologies, specifically non-invasive machines will only benefit our society.