Science is incredible, it has brought us so many wonderful discoveries from our world and beyond. The history of our solar system, a greater understanding of our bodies and some of the most incredible life-saving machinery that just a few years before would seem like it came straight out of a science fiction novel or movie.
Even now, scientists and researchers are working long hours in order to improve the technology we have and make our day-to-day lives that little bit easier to manage, from self-driving cars to 3D-printed casts, support systems, limbs and even organs. Amazing!
Science and Medicine
Science has made incredible leaps in the world of medicine and medical technology and has lead to the strength in the human race as we currently know it. Now more than ever we have more patients who receive a cancer diagnosis and receive curative treatment, receiving that positive all-clear diagnosis and able to get back to their daily lives. Just a few years ago, these figures were completely different, with high numbers of patients requiring simply a palliative treatment that would ease their symptoms while they tried to beat their diagnosis. Thanks to the likes of Proton Beam Therapy machines and incredible cancer treatments such as Immunotherapy, that uses the body’s own immune system to beat cancer, we will continue to see the numbers of patients that lose their fight to cancer, reduce over time, until cancer is no longer the life-changing diagnosis it is today.
Marvelling Modern-Day Medical Technology
When was the last time you or a loved one required hospital treatment? Can you remember what sort of medical technology you came into contact with? Being ill can be a stressful time so it’s not uncommon for people not to realise the new and exciting technology they are exposed to over their treatment.
Take, for example, the MRI Machine, an incredible machine that at first glance can be quite intimidating. Did you know though, the MRI Machine takes very detailed, clear images from inside our bodies? Clear enough that specialists can often see, understand and diagnose a patient’s illness or malady – without ever needing a closer look. While long gone are the days that a surgeon would need to open you up to understand or identify a patient’s ailment, it was only in recent years that patients would have been sent for test after test after test, from CT Scanner to blood tests, to the earliest MRI machines and back again.
Then there is the aforementioned proton beam therapy machine, only recently coming into national health service facilities but with a greater reach across private health care centres. The proton beam therapy machine is used in the treatment of cancers and tumours that are in sensitive locations within the body, for example, cancers that affect the brain, head or neck and cancers that affect important bodily systems such as the respiratory and digestive systems.
The proton beam therapy machine, alongside a pencil beam scanner, can accurately target cancer cells within the body. Using a beam of high energy protons, the machine ‘paints’ the tumour, only covering the area which the tumour accommodates, preventing surrounding healthy cells from radiation. This helps to reduce the severity of side effects experienced by the patient, especially for side effects such as fatigue and nausea and can also reduce the likelihood of returning or secondary malignancies. With the accuracy of treatment delivery this can also allow patients to receive higher doses and shorten the whole length of their treatment, allowing them to get back to their daily life quicker when compared to other cancer treatments.
Science and medical technology still have a lot to explore and opportunities to find and this makes the future of all technology all that more exciting. Take a moment to think about the incredible machines that have helped you in your life and be thankful for the leaps and bounds scientists around the world take to better our lives and the lives of those around us.