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Best Medical Inventions of the 1970s

Updated on October 3, 2016

Advancements and Inventions That Matter

The CAT Scanner was invented in the 1970s and has came along way since that time.
The CAT Scanner was invented in the 1970s and has came along way since that time. | Source
Gene Splicing is used in the medical field, and it has been very beneficial to them.
Gene Splicing is used in the medical field, and it has been very beneficial to them. | Source
An ultrasound is used to determine if a baby is a boy or a girl.  It is also used to determine if there are any problems during pregnancy.
An ultrasound is used to determine if a baby is a boy or a girl. It is also used to determine if there are any problems during pregnancy. | Source
A glucose is used to help control diabetes.  This small device has helped save thousands of lives since first being invented.
A glucose is used to help control diabetes. This small device has helped save thousands of lives since first being invented. | Source

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1. CAT Scan (1975): Also known as a CT Scan, this scan is used on a person's entire body to diagnose broken bone, diagnose cancers and other problems. CT scan technology led to MRI machines less than twenty years later and they are a big improvement because they use far less radiation. CT scans have to be done with patients who have pacemakers, because the MRI machine uses a magnet that can pull the pacemaker out of the chest. This is just one of the things that we have to be careful of on a daily basis. There are certain tests that can only be done by CT scan and they can not be done by MRI. CT scans are used in a variety of situations.

2. Meningitis Vaccine (1978): There are several types of meningitis. Meningitis is considered a medical emergency. If you think you have meningitis, you need to go to the emergency room immediately. If you do not have someone to drive you, call an ambulance. Every moment counts. The effected area is usually near the brain or the spinal cord. This is a life threatening disease and should be taken seriously. The vaccine is very important because meningitis is very contagious. This vaccine is a requirement that freshman college students get the vaccine before starting college. Getting this very important vaccine, could save your young adults life. I do not believe that you can enter college if you have not received this vaccine. It is too much of a health risk. If you know someone who has contracted meningitis, you have 24 hours or even less to seek medical attention before meningitis can become deadly.

3. Nuclear Powered Artificial Heart (1973): This cardiac pumping device functions the same as a regular heart would but, it is nuclear powered. The techniques used for this surgery, have been tweaked over the years and improved upon greatly. This invention has led to thousands upon thousands of saved lives. This keeps the heart in rhythm

4. Pneumonia (1977): This is a dangerous and sometimes even fatal infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria. The symptoms that are common are cough, fever, shortness of breath and fatigue. The treatment is rest, drink plenty of fluids and either Aleve, Naproxen or Advil over the counter. For people with the lung disease such as COPD, makes it harder for them to get well. Sometimes a couple of rounds of antibiotics and usually a couple of steroid shots before they are back to normal. It is a scary thing not to be able to breath. Whether being sick with pneumonia or if you have COPD, this is a breathing condition that is chronic. It is recommended that the elderly get a pneumonia shot and a second shot in 5-10 years.

5. Ultrasound (1978): Ultrasound can be used in many different areas other than just the medical field but, the most common use when I think of using an ultrasound machine is to view a baby. Ultrasound is also used in the veterinary field as a diagnostic test for animals. The physician that I work for, uses an ultrasound machine to do hip injections. This invention is very helpful to doctors while they are making a diagnosis. Now, there is 3-D even 4-D ultrasounds for expecting mothers.

6. Glucose Meter (1978): The glucose meter is used when a patient has been diagnosed with diabetes. The meter is used to check a patient's blood sugars to let he or she know how much insulin they need to take to keep their diabetes under control. The amount of insulin can be on a sliding scale or it can be a set amount of units. Shots can be self administered or someone in your family can be trained to give the shots as well. They certainly can be given at the doctor's office, as well.

7. Test Tube Baby (1978): IVF or In vitro fertilization, this describes an egg that is fertilized in a tube. This process involves harvesting eggs from the female and collecting sperm and also placing it in the tube. The idea is for the sperm to fertilize the egg, then the fertilized egg is placed back into the uterus where hopefully she will have a normal pregnancy. Couples use this method of trying to have a baby, if they can't have a baby naturally. Pregnancy less than 35 years of age=47.6% success rate, 35-37 years of age=38.9% success rate, 38-40 years of age= 30.1%, 41-41 years of age=20.5%.

8. Mammography (1974): Mammography is more important now a days more than ever. With more and more women getting diagnosed with breast cancer, some cases of breast cancer that I having heard of not only the increase in the number of women with breast cancer but, younger more women are aware of the risk. A simple test like a mammogram is a diagnostic test to rule out if a patient has the disease or not. It is recommended that you start getting mammograms at the age of (forty) 40 or unless you have a strong family history that would warrant early testing. Monthly self breast exams are Testing is more important now more than ever. Age doesn't seem to matter and is not a respecter of persons.

9. Gene Splicing (1973): This medical technology is important because, it combines two DNA molecules and splices fragments from several organisms. This type of genetic splicing has produced many medicines including: HGH, Insulin and many other drugs and vaccines for treating illnesses.

10. Biomedicus Bio-Pump (1975): This is available in most surgery centers. The pump can provide ventricular assistance until ventricular recovery occurs. The most common use is in emergency medical procedures. This invention helps make a Doctor's job easier and of course it

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