Medical devices can be useful for screening and early diagnosis. They also enable personalized medicine.
Screening and early Dx
Biomedical imaging allows non-invasive or minimally invasive assessment of in vivo structural and functional changes that may reflect specific pathology...
Population imaging focuses on finding imaging biomarkers that allow prediction and early diagnosis of diseases and preventive therapy.
New combinations of medical imaging technologies hold big promises for improved early disease screening (dual-modality imaging such as a PET/MRI). Other devices such as Endoscopy devices, Biopsy devices …
Medical devices to enable personalized medicine.
Medical imaging has always been personalised as it provides individual assessment of the location and extent of an abnormality, and in the future it will prove fundamental to almost all aspects of personalized medicine. Stratification based on imaging biomarkers can help identify individuals suited for preventive intervention and can improve disease staging. In vivo visualisation of locoregional physiological, biochemical and biological processes using molecular imaging can detect diseases in pre-symptomatic phases or facilitate individualised drug delivery. Furthermore, imaging is essential to patient-tailored therapy planning, therapy monitoring and follow-up of disease progression, as well as targeting non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments, especially with the rise of theranostics. For personalized medicine to reach its full potential, medical imaging must be an integral part.
Remote monitoring devices
Cancer treatments are commonly associated with distressing and serious side effects and patients often struggle to manage these themselves without specialized real-time support. Unlike chronic disease populations, few systems for the remote real-time monitoring of cancer patients have been reported. Hence the medical need.
Targeted delivery devices, (no targeted therapies = pharma)
e.g. the application of carbon nanotubes in target drug delivery systems for cancer
e.g. Brachytherapy, proton therapy,
transcranial magnetic stimulation guided tumor resection by neurosurgeons
iKnife, the works by detecting cancer cells in the smoke left behind by the electrosurgical knife's act of cutting flesh