We benefit from medical devices throughout our lives: Prenatal development is monitored by ultrasound devices, sports injuries are diagnosed with magnetic resonance imaging and fixed with arthroscopic tools, and heart blockages are cleared with angioplasties and drug-coated stents. Devices include the simple and mundane—eyeglasses and thermometers—and stretch to the boundaries of technology—laser scalpels, needles embedded with microprocessors, MRI machines, and artificial hearts. All are products of the medical device industry. Massachusetts is one of the nation’s leading states in medical device development and production.
Clayton-Matthews, Alan, "Medical Devices: A Stronghold of the Commonwealth's Economy" (2002). Public Policy and Public Affairs Faculty Publication Series. 32.
University of Massachusetts
Published in MassBenchmarks, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 12-17: http://www.massbenchmarks.org/publications/issues/vol5i1/5.pdf.