Medical Innovations Directory
Your health care is being revolutionized. Recent breakthroughs in technology have paved the way for new ideas, methods, and treatments -- from electronic medical records that can be shared with your entire care team, to 3D printers that one day may be able to create organs for transplant. These discoveries may already be affecting your life and health, and may one day lead to more effective diagnoses and more efficient healing. Follow the links below to find WebMD's coverage of innovations in health care, including a look at the present and the future.
DNA Fingerprinting in a Criminal Investigation
The collected cells are broken open and the DNA is separated into single strands.An electric current separates the strands into DNA pieces, which are then transferred to a nylon membrane soaked with a radioactive solution. The radioactive chemicals bind with the DNA. Photos of the criminal and suspect DNA are compared.Illustrations copyright 2003 Nucleus Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. .
Diagnostic Imaging: Beam Me Up Dr. McCoy
We're not quite at the Star Trek level yet with imaging technology, but recent advances are fine-tuning your medical care.
Small Wonders: Micro-Machines in Medicine
In the 19th century, the tools of progress were coal, oil, and steel. In the 21st century, they will be atoms, microscopic tubes carrying drugs, and miniature disease-fighting robots, say small-thinking scientists with big ideas.
10 Years of Health in 'WebMD Magazine'
From the first human face transplant to a bionic pancreas, see how far medicine has come in the past 10 years.
Heart Attack Symptoms and MCE
See how these new medical microbubbles work, and how they may be able to help more than just the heart.
3-D Printing for Heart Surgery in Children
Dr. Matthew Bramlett talks about how 3-D models are helping children with complex heart defects. Surgeons are using the model to help plan their surgeries.