Technology is helping us to live longer while enjoying a better quality of life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), soon the number of people aged 60 and older will outnumber children younger than five.
International standards are critically important in the healthcare environment and cover a wide spectrum of devices, systems and domains. The IEC ensures they are kept up-to-date and improved when needed through the work of several TCs (technical committees), primarily IEC TC 62.
Following up on the International Year of Light in 2015, the UN has declared 16 May as the International Day of Light. This date commemorates the first discharge of a laser in 1960 by the physicist Theodore Maiman.
IEC Technical Committee (TC) 62 (electrical equipment in medical practice) held its first meeting 50 years ago today to begin work on standardizing medical equipment, in large part to address the need for increased safety.
X-ray technology has many applications, from airport security to telescopes for exploring the cosmos and sometimes even for revealing lost paintings. Medical imaging remains one of the most common uses.