What is Medical Technology?

Medical technologies are with you all the time

From pregnancy tests to ultrasound scans, medical technology is with you from before you are born. If you scratched your knee as a child, you wore a plaster; if your vision blurs, you got glasses.

When you are unwell, diagnostics and medical devices help healthcare professionals restore you to good health as quickly as possible.

Should you need surgery, medical technologies will ensure you get the care you need in a way that is safe and minimally invasive; if your blood vessels become blocked, stents can help clear the way; if you are seriously ill, an MRI scan can find the cause; if you require monitoring, digital health tools can check your health status and communicate vital data to health professionals.

In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs)

IVDs never come into direct contact with a person as they provide information based on a sample. Their value resides in the quality of information they provide.

IVDs do not treat patients but their role is to provide information that enables patients and healthcare professionals to make healthcare decisions.

Examples of in vitro diagnostic tests:

  • Hepatitis or HIV tests
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Coagulation test systems
  • Urine test strips
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Reagents and reagent products for the detection of infections
  • Blood sugar monitoring systems for diabetics
  • Receptacles manufactured specifically for medical specimens

Medical devices

A medical device can be an instrument, apparatus, appliance, software, implant, reagent, material or other articles. From syringes and wheelchairs to cardiac pacemakers and medical imaging technologies (such as MRI, CT and X-ray machines), medical devices can play a range of roles in maintaining and restoring health.

Medical devices are used, either alone or in combination, for individuals for one or more medical purposes:

  • Diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of disease;
  • Diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation, or compensation for an injury or handicap;
  • Investigation, replacement, or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process;

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