The Impact of Microprocessors in Medicine

A decade ago, humanity never imagined that the engine of electronic and computer systems could have a perfect application and coupling to medical procedures.

And is that the microprocessor is an electronic circuit that acts as the central processing unit of a computer, that is, all algorithms and binary systems of reading and generation of digital information go through the complex integrated circuits (chips) formed by components extremely small and positioned in a single flat piece of thin thickness of a semiconductor electrical material.

But, how is this technology applied in the field of medicine today? You have the gene microprocessor, which performs tests to know how people react to drugs. It also includes the genetic profile of a person to determine how they will react and whether or not they will benefit from a certain drug treatment.

On the other hand, there is the microprocessor implanted under the retina, which allows blind people to perceive light again and distinguish shapes of objects. This implant consists of a microprocessor the size of a needle head and comprises 3,500 photopiles that convert light into electrical signals sent to the brain by the optic nerve, according to Padopoulus, director of the Sun (technology laboratory).

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