Future Healthcare depends upon functionality. Treatment of diseases has changed considerably in the past few decades, moving from a “one size fits all” perspective to what’s known as personalized medicine (“Personalized Medicine” or “PM”). Under PM, physicians use a patient’s individual genetic traits as the base upon which they create a tailored approach to identifying and treating disease. This has a direct impact on medical equipment technology.
In this paper, we briefly discuss how Personalized Medicine (PM) has evolved over the years and highlight four common imaging technologies that can significantly enhance PM’s value proposition. We also explore an example of how digital imaging technologies could be used in the future of healthcare to improve the initial identification and subsequent treatment of one of the most common and deadly diseases, colorectal cancer, and review how physicians can achieve early diagnosis by combining current state-of-the-art functional imaging trends with novel molecular tracers that only tag specific cancer cells. We conclude with a brief discussion of the implications for medical equipment technology manufacturers and the role they can play in enhancing the results PM delivers.