Chapter 9Future Directions for Medical Devices and Diagnostic Equipment

Doctors using products from the medical device and diagnostic equipment (MDDE) industry have wrought unimagined blessings in the lives of millions of people. Implantable pacemakers and defibrillators enable people with otherwise debilitating heart irregularities to live normal lives. Angioplasty has alleviated symptoms of recurring chest pain in millions of people. Artificial hips and knees have permitted more active and independent lifestyles for millions who would otherwise be invalid. Portable blood glucose monitors enable diligent patients with diabetes to live long and normal lives, escaping the devastating complications of their disease. Where conventional surgery entailed ...

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