Star Trek: Scalpel-Free Surgery vs. Today: Ultrasound Surgery
In the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Dr. McCoy is horrified by barbaric 20th-century surgical methods, in particular the [[xref:http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/techniques/trephination.aspx|venerable science of trephination|Trephination]]: "My god, man! Drilling holes in his head's not the answer!" To heal a seriously injured Commander Pavel Chekov without cutting him open, McCoy uses the futuristic gizmo pictured here. Bloodless surgery may sound like science fiction, but doctors today are using high-intensity ultrasound beams in lieu of the knife to treat some health problems, including [[xref:http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=1172|injured lungs|Ultrasound Bloodless Surgery Star Trek-Style]], [[xref:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/focused-ultrasound-surgery/MY00503/rss=1|uterine fibroids|Focused ultrasound surgery for uterine fibroids]], and tumors. If the trend continues, operating rooms of the future will have more bloodless surgical tools and fewer shiny scalpels.