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Milestones of Innovation

The AIMBE Milestones of Innovation showcases the seminal advancements in both Medical and Biological Engineering over more than the past 100 years. These technologies represent the great achievements of the bio/medical engineering community. The great achievements of the AIMBE College of Fellows are also represented in the more recent technologies but the spirit of innovation and the goal of greater human health and happiness is found in them all.

The time references reflect the decade in which each innovation came into common use. For some, initial development actually had come years earlier – but this chronology denotes their wide acceptance by medical professionals.

Scroll through the AIMBE Milestones of Innovation or select a Milestone to learn more.


Artificial Kidney

1950s and Earlier


X-Ray

1950s and Earlier


Electrocardiogram

1950s and Earlier


Cardiac Pacemaker

1950s and Earlier


Cardiopulmonary Bypass

1950s and Earlier


Antibiotics

1950s and Earlier


Defibrillator

1950s and Earlier


Heart Valve Replacement

1960s


Intraocular Lens/Contact Lens

1960s


Ultrasound

1960s


Vascular Grafts

1960s


Blood Analysis & Processing

1960s


Computer Assisted Tomography (CT)

1970s


Artificial Hip & Knee Replacement

1970s


Balloon Catheter

1970s


Endoscopy

1970s


Biological Plant & Food Engineering

1970s


Cochlear Implants and Stimulators

1970s


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

1980s


Laser Surgery

1980s


Vascular Stents

1980s


Recombinant Therapeutics

1980s


Flow Cytometer and Cell Sorter

1980s


Pulse Oximeter

1980s


Digital Hearing Aid

1980s


Genomics

1990s Until Today


PET Scan

1990s Until Today


Image-guided Surgery

1990s Until Today


OCT

1990s Until Today