Ever wondered what the future of healthcare looks like?
You might think visions of robots and synthetic organs belong purely to the realm of sci-fi, but you need to think again. Many of us will see staggering advances in medical science and technology during our lifetimes. And yes, that could include robots.
Behind the scenes, medical researchers are quietly working away on the technology that will transform the experiences of both patients and healthcare professionals. The future could see revolutionary advances from 3D printing to improving our senses with implants.
Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting possibilities:
Bionic eye implants
These life-changing implants could actually restore the sight of blind patients. The pioneering technology will see patients wearing a small video camera, which then transmits that data directly to electrodes on the retina. They’re a massive source of hope for anyone suffering from retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.
3D printing of human organs
Organ donation may become obsolete in the future as we see 3D printing moving into the world of medicine. It is thought that this exciting technology will enable seriously ill patients to receive 3D bio-printed organs and tissues that have printed to meet their exact requirements. Mind-blowing stuff.
Developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence will create ever more sophisticated assistance for healthcare practitioners. It is likely that the future will see ‘bots’ help with everything from diagnosis to surgical procedures.
Fans of superhero comic books will love this one. Researchers are currently working towards implants that will expand the power of our senses. Implants could add anything from X-rays to radio waves to our basic five human senses.
Want to know how old you’ll be when these healthcare advances happen? Check out the cool interactive graphic below to find out.