November 01, 2005

The Impact of Technology on Surgery

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Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2005

Arch Surg. 2005;140(11):1058-1060. doi:

We are a technology-driven profession. The use of technology in surgery since World War II has introduced revolutionary changes in surgical practice. Surgical intensive care monitoring, renal dialysis, open heart surgery, transplantation, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the linear accelerator, pacemakers, serum channel autoanalyzers, diagnostic radioisotope studies, and minimally invasive surgery are examples of such progress. Technology is the totality of the means employed to provide objects necessary for human sustenance and comfort.1