Innovation 6: A Broader Diagnosis
Aug 11, 2018 Sophia Kercher
The healthcare of tomorrow will be tailor-made for you—and that doesn't just mean bespoke drugs or other targeted treatments. Cedars-Sinai's director of Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging, Daniel Berman, MD, foresees that precision healthcare will bring innovations to expand how physicians diagnose disease and examine their patients.
The Gene Scene
Genetic testing at birth could produce a blueprint of your future health and help identify anomalies that might lead to disorders in childhood—or adulthood. "These tests could boost disease prevention by helping avoid maladies for which you are most at risk," Berman says. They also could speed up treatment by acting as a predictive tool to identify which therapies will help you most.
Biological Road Sign
Your body carries signals of disease that physicians can read with a simple blood draw. These biomarkers already reveal conditions like pregnancy, cancer, or heart disease. According to Berman, improved tools will help doctors identify more signals with better accuracy. The goal? To monitor biomarkers throughout the lifespan and prevent disease before it appears.
Computational imaging tools are increasingly advanced, which is essential to the work of Debiao Li, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute. "In the near future, physicians will be able to compare your scans to data obtained from an immense pool of patients and detect subtle differences that precede major problems," says Li, the Karl Storz Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery in honor of Dr. George Berci. "Advanced imaging technologies will provide more personalized and accurate diagnoses."