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November 2005

The Impact of Technology on Surgery

Arch Surg. 2005;140(11):1058-1060. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.11.1058

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

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