Vero: Innovative equipment. Let's see what we can do with it

Stéphanie Van Droogenbroeck

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Technology far ahaed of practice
Last century the question has been raised if medical drugs are designed to cure diseases or if diseases are designed to get a proper purpose for a newly invented drug. (e.g. Rein Vos on Beta-Blockers) We can translate this question to "is medical equipment designed to diagnose/ cure diseaeses or are diagnostics/ curing diseases designed to be a proper purpose for a newly invented machine?".

Media and a similar problem
We will take a closer look at the radiotherapy machine Vero, a unique kind of equipment located at a belgian hospital. The belgian media hype was gigantic for just being some medical equipment. Moreover it is not clear what the advantages and disadvantages exactly are of this radiotherapy machine. By analysing articles of the belgian media and comparing the Vero problem with the beta-blockers problem, we notice that science and the practice of it are a social construct.

Let's be aware of the Einstein problem
This reminds us at the the theoretical research of Albert Einstein which had no direct purposes in real life, but has been used to invent an atomic bomb. My purpose is not to claim that Vero will not be usefull in the future. But we must contemplate on the fact that technology grows faster than the appliance of it in clinical practice. Or in other words, the social construct of the practice of science is behind on the booming technology.
Originele taal-2English
Titel4th in Sickness and in Health Conference -University of Southern Denmark
StatusPublished - 2011
EvenementUnknown -
Duur: 1 jan 2011 → …

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Naam4th in Sickness and in Health Conference -University of Southern Denmark

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