The wrist bands monitoring vitals started out as part of the fitness craze, but the next generation of wearables are becoming important tools for healthcare. They enable providers to stay connected with a patient's treatment and progress in real time, representing an excellent early warning system for those with heart conditions or progressive diseases like Parkinson's. Here are just a few of the high-tech devices bridging the gap between technology and medicine to provide new tools that were fiction not so long ago.
Everyone was stunned to discover the capabilities of a device that's becoming more affordable. Medical research is still exploring the many ways these versatile machines can benefit patient care. 3-D printers can be used to create accurate models of damaged organs to allow surgeons to plan difficult procedures. Custom prosthetics can be designed and created for much less cost and with less delay. 3-D printers capable of printing not just plastics, but metals, can give the same benefit to orthodontia, joint, and bone implants.