The Evolution Of Medical Tools Throughout History

  • Compound Microscope

    Compound Microscope
    The compound microscope was invented in 1590, although, objects resembling the lenses date back 4,000.
  • Reliable Microscopes

    Reliable Microscopes
    The first reliable microscope, invented in the 1800s, was an improved version of compound microscopes.
  • Stethoscope

    Dr.Rene Laennec developed the first stethoscope out of his respect for women when treating them in 1816.
  • Medical Batteries

    Medical Batteries
    Medical batteries were invented in 1892 and used by physicians for electrotherapy, a treatment made for the relaxation of e.g muscles.
  • X-rays

    The discovery of x-rays was by William Conrad Röntgen in 1895. X-rays were discovered as Röntgen observed a fluorescent glow of crystals in his lab.
  • Surgical use of X-rays

    Surgical use of X-rays
  • Surgical Micrscope

    Surgical Micrscope
    Surgical microscopes were built and used in 1921 in order to operate on patients in microsurgery.
  • Transistor

    The invention of the transistor's credit goes to a trio of researchers from Bell Labs. Transistors pave the way for faster computers and smaller implants.
  • Pacemakers

    The first pacemaker was invented in 1952, although the pacemakers didn't last very long. The patient that had the pacemaker lived until 88 years old. In the span of his lifetime, the patient had 26 different pacemakers.
  • Artificial Heart

    Artificial Heart
    The first artificial, mechanical heart was issued to a patient in 1956, by Dr. Henry Heimlich.
  • CT Scan

    CT Scan
    The first CT (Computed Technology) scan was in 1972. It allowed scientists to produce cross-sectional images of a body. CT scans were originally dedicated to the head only.
  • MRI Scanner

    MRI Scanner
    The first commercial MRI scanner was built in 1980 by Raymond Damadian. He tested the MRI scanner on himself.
  • Surgical Robot

    Surgical Robot
    The first surgical robot was a robotic surgical arm called 'PUMA 560'.
  • Human Genome Project

    Human Genome Project
    The Human Genome Project accelerated the rise in personalised medicine.
  • First Telesurgery

    First Telesurgery
  • Bionic Eye

    Bionic Eye
    The first bionic eye was invented in 2007 and restored partial vision for 6 blind patients.
  • Skull Transplant

    Skull Transplant
    The first skull transplant was in 2014. A 3D printer was used for the skull transplant
  • Smallest Pacemaker

    Smallest Pacemaker
    The smallest pacemaker was made in 2015. The peacemaker was an improved design of the 1958 pacemaker and was a self-contained pacemaker, which was 10% of the original size.
  • Neural Dust

    Neural Dust
    Neural dust are tiny wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body safely and can passively collect data on the muscle and tissue of the patient.
  • Smart Pills

    Smart Pills
    Smart pills were invented in 2017 and were designed for endoscopies. Smart pills use miniature cameras to capture images of the digestive tract and it wirelessly transmits them to a patient's record.