By H. David Banta, Annetine Gelijns (auth.)

As famous within the Foreword, this file is one of the volumes as a result of this examine of well-being care know-how. the aim of the research, as formulated through the STG, was once to investigate well-being care know-how. a part of the duty used to be to increase an 'early caution process' for future health care know-how. the first objective of the undertaking was once to boost a listing or description of a couple of attainable and possible wellbeing and fitness care applied sciences, in addition to details on their value. in the limits of time and cash, this has been performed. even if, given the titanic variety of attainable overall healthiness care applied sciences, entire info at the significance of every sector couldn't be constructed in any intensity for all know-how. hence, 4 particular applied sciences have been selected and have been prospectively assessed. those destiny applied sciences have been tested in additional intensity, taking a look really at their health and wellbeing and coverage implications. for this reason, the venture used to be prolonged to September 1986, and extra applied sciences could be assessed.

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Cytofluorometry: Studying cells using fluorescent material to 'tag' them. Dermatology: The specialty of medicine dealing with the skin. DNA: Deoxyribonucleic acid. The nucleic acid in chromosomes that codes for genetic information. Doppler: The term refers to the phenomenon of the pitch of sound being higher when the object is approaching the listener, as is obvious with a locomotive whistle. The phenomenon is used to study blood flow in arteries (and sometimes in veins) and in the heart. Echocardiography: A method of imaging the heart walls and internal structures of the heart by the echo obtained from beams of ultrasonic waves directed through the heart wall.

33 Section 4 - Conclusions The use of laser in health care is rapidly evolving. Already, lasers are finding wide use in medicine, especially in certain areas of surgery. In the future, many more applications, including both diagnostic and therapeutic, will undoubtedly be demonstrated. At the same time, one cannot automatically assume that any application is beneficial. Each must be carefully evaluated. This raises difficult problems of evaluation. For example, the laser needs to be evaluated in every form of surgery for which it has been proposed, in comparison with conventional surgical therapy.

See Metastasis. Medical device: Any instrument, apparatus, or similar or related article that is intended to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, or treat disease or to affect the structure or function of the body. Medical imaging: The field involved in making images, or pictures, of the inside of the human body. Traditionally, imaging was done by x-ray, but a number of new devices have been developed or are being developed that do not use x-ray. Medical technology: The drugs, devices, and medical and surgical procedures used in medical care, and the organizational and support systems within which such care is provided.

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