Diagnostic medicine is a truly fascinating science and it is one that is constantly evolving. For many people, the pursuit of personal spirituality is tied to the journey of scientific discovery. It is often said that learning is its own reward, but for some people, it goes further than that.
Understanding how the scientific process works allow us to develop our medical technology in the most efficient way possible. In many parts of the developed world, we take access to healthcare and doctors for granted, but for many people, there is limited, if any, access to high-quality medical care.
Improving our ability to easily diagnose the most common and the most threatening illnesses helps us to build a robust response, which we can implement around the world. When our diagnostic capabilities increase, we are able to much more efficiently organize and prioritize the allocation of resources in areas where they are scarce.
Many people who are undergoing a personal spiritual journey struggle to reconcile the need to engage with modern medicine and techniques with the sporadic, yet widely reported, instances where elements of the healthcare industry behave appallingly.
Fortunately, much work has been done to address the problems that plague the industry, but there is still clearly much work to do. The good news is that as our technological capabilities increase, we are able to fulfill our healthcare needs in much more ethical ways.
For example, as our computing capabilities improve, we are approaching the point where we will be able to flawlessly simulate how new drugs will interact with the human body. Some of us might be alive to see such technology dawn. Sadly, until then we need to test new drugs on animals and on people. To not do so would ultimately cause far more harm, as we wouldn’t be able to produce the new drugs that we need at the necessary rate.
New technology also allows us to manufacture the medical devices that we need for hospitals to function at sufficient capacity. Modern diagnostic equipment design processes by companies such as DeviceLab means products will be produced more ethically and cheaply in the not too distant future.
Wearable devices, similar in design to smartwatches and to fitness bracelets, will soon be ubiquitous and will be able to alert us of any problems with our health before symptoms become prominent. A team at Stanford University showed off a prototype ‘smart bra’, which was able to detect irregularities in breast tissue density indicative of cancer.
Every time a new class of drugs is discovered, our understanding of biochemistry grows. We are constantly refining our methods of identifying the necessary directions for research efforts. We will soon have multiple ways of diagnosing illnesses; the cheapest and most reliable methods can be used in areas where resources are scarce.
Diagnostic medicine is an exciting field and one that is at the forefront of our effort as a species to improve quality and length of life for as many people as possible.