In a technology enabled future, a bathroom mirror with a retinal scanner behind the glass collects vital signs and looks for clues to retinopathy, and a toilet with an embedded processor analyzes urine to identify kidney infections or the progression of chronic conditions such as diabetes. All of these future technologies enable health care to become a routine part of daily life.
Future technologies will be developed from today’s advancements in medical imaging. Advancements such as the migration of X-rays from film to digital files, the evolution of MRIs to fast and highly, detailed quality images and the portability of ultrasound are improving patient care through advances in DSP technology. This article will discuss how DSPs provide the processing power necessary to achieve these advancements.