Ultrasound machines have been used by medical professionals ever since the 70's. Back then however, these machines merely offered static images of what was going on inside the human body. It would take a well-trained ultrasound technician to interpret what the image was about.
The technology behind today's ultrasound machines is a far cry from what it was decades ago. The biggest advancement is the fact that these days, these machines can now produce 3D images of the inside of the human body. Not only has this improved the quality of care given by healthcare professionals but it has also helped reduce the costs of medical tests.
You see, before 3D ultrasound imaging, patients had to undergo numerous tests that doctors would have to study extensively before they could make a diagnosis. Aside from the costs of these tests, patients are also subjected to a lot of stress because they are poked, prodded on, and in some cases, invasive procedures are required. Although diagnostic tests still exist today, 3D ultrasound imaging has greatly decreased the number of tests that need to be done to determine what disease or illness a patient is suffering from.
Another exciting advancement in the technology of ultrasound machines is 3D imaging for expecting mothers. Back then, expectant parents would have to wait until an ultrasound technician says "It's a boy/girl!" before they start jumping for joy. Nowadays, parents can not only clearly see the sex of their baby on the screen of the ultrasound machine, they can also see a sepia image of the face of their unborn child. Mind you, these are images are not merely still shots. Modern ultrasound machines can record videos of the unborn child in real time. Imagine being able to see and feel your baby move while it is still inside your womb, it's exciting right?
Likewise, 3D ultrasound machines have also helped ease the anxiety expectant parents feel during pregnancy. Through the images, they are able to clearly see the number of fingers and toes their baby has, whether there are any physical defects, and if the baby has a congenital disease without having to conduct an invasive procedure. This advancement has helped healthcare professionals better prepare for the arrival of a baby that has complications thus increasing its chances for survival.
Of course, advancements in ultrasound machines has also affected ultrasound technicians. According to healthtechcareer.com, the learning curve for ultrasound technicians is quite steep because of all the technicalities involved in setting up the machine as well as understanding the images produced. This means, seasoned technicians would need to undergo additional training every time a new technology in ultrasound machines come up. Likewise, those who are still aspiring to become ultrasound technicians would have to make sure they enroll in a school that offers courses that use the latest machines in the market.
In the following years to come, it is expected that more and more advancements will come out in medical equipment. This is definitely a great advantage because it will not only help medical professionals provide a higher quality of care but patients will also have a better peace of mind knowing that that their diagnosis was not based on guesswork.