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Medical Device Technology Forecast: Appendix C

(1) Generic Technology Areas and (2) Specific Device Examples

The survey results revealed that 36 specific device groups had been cited by multiple participants in their evaluations of the generic technology areas.

In a number of cases, different participants had listed the same specific device in different categories. (E.g., ocular prosthetics were listed under "Artificial organs", "Intelligent devices", and "Electrical stimulation" by different participants.) The table below indicates the generic technology areas that were associated with each of the specific device groups.

Specific Device GroupsGeneric Technology Areas
BiosensorsBiosensors, Genetic diagnostics, Laser diagnosis & treatment, Minimally invasive devices
Blood vessel prostheticsGenetic therapy, Tissue engineered devices
Bone prosthetics/growthArtificial organs, Tissue engineered devices
Cardiac stimulationIntelligent devices, Microminiaturized devices
Cartilage ProstheticsTissue engineered device
Computer aided clinical labsComputer aided diagnosis, Networks of devices
Drug impregnated devicesDevice/drug/biological products
EndoscopyMinimally invasive devices, Telemedicine, Virtual reality
Genetics - CancerGenetic diagnostics, Genetic therapy
Hearing aidsIntelligent devices, Microminiaturized devices, Nonimplanted sensory aids
Heart pumpsArtificial organs
Heart valvesArtificial organs, Tissue engineered devices, Device/drug/biological products
Home diagnosticsHome/self monitoring & diagnosis
Image contrast agentsMedical imaging
Imaging: functional, contentMedical imaging, Minimally invasive devices, Networks of devices
Implanted drug delivery systemsBiosensors, Device/drug/biological products, Home/self therapy, Intelligent devices, Robotic devices
Integrated patient medical info systemsComputer aided diagnosis, Networks of devices, Telemedicine
Kidney prostheticsArtificial organs, Home/self therapy, Tissue engineered devices
Laser surgeryLaser diagnosis & treatment
Liver prostheticsArtificial organs, Tissue engineered devices
Min. invasive cardiovascular surgeryMinimally invasive devices
Min. invasive neurosurgeryMinimally invasive devices
MRIMedical imaging
NanotechnologyMicrominiaturized devices
Nerve regenerationTissue engineered devices
Neural StimulationArtificial organs, Electrical stimulation, Intelligent devices
Neuromuscular stimulationElectrical stimulation, Home/self therapy
Ocular prostheticsArtificial organs, Electrical stimulation, Intelligent devices
Pancreas prostheticsArtificial organs, Tissue engineered devices
Patient smart cardsComputer aided diagnosis, Networks of devices, Telemedicine
PET imagingComputer aided diagnosis, Networks of devices, Telemedicine
Robotic surgeryMicrominiaturized devices, Robotic devics
Skin prostheticsTissue engineered devices
Telemedicine - Home useHome/self monitoring & diagnosis, Telemedicine
Telemedicine - radiologyTelemedicine
Virtual reality - educationVirtual reality