Medical equipment used by medical professionals is used to aid them in diagnosing, managing and treating diseases and other medical conditions.
The advances in technology have revolutionised the way in which doctors and other medical professionals treat their patients, with a variation of equipment having been designed to treat different issues. There are several different types of medical equipment, with all performing different tasks using different medical techniques.
Diagnostic equipment includes medical imaging machines, such as ultrasound, MRI machines, CT scanners and X-ray machines. Treatment equipment includes infusion pumps, medical lasers and LASIK surgical machines. Life support equipment, used to maintain a patient’s bodily function, includes medical ventilators, anaesthetic machines, incubators, heart-lung machines, ECMO and dialysis machines.
Medical monitors allow medical staff to measure a patient’s medical state, such as their vital signs and other parameters including EEG, ECG and blood pressure. Medical laboratory equipment automates and helps to analyse urine, genes, blood and dissolved gasses in the blood. Diagnostic medical equipment can be used in the home for different purposes, such as for the control of diabetes. Therapeutic physical therapy machines such as continuous passive range of motion (CPM) can be used to treat sore, stressed or damaged muscles.
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