92% of people can't name all of these medical tools from a picture! Can you?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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It takes years of schooling to become a doctor and just learning the names of all the tools they use could be a class all on its own. Do you have what it takes to identify all these tools doctors use daily? Take this quiz and find out!

An x-ray machine combines an x-ray generator and an x-ray detector. The first x-ray machine was built in 1904 and since then they have found wide use in medical imaging and as therapy for malignant and benign cancer cells.

These scales come in a variety of designs, with modern models incorporating a digital display. For added convenience, many adult scales place the display on a pedestal, at eye-level with the reader.

The name combines “sphygmo” for “pulse” and “manometer” for “pressure.” These instruments are used in conjunction with a stethoscope by trained professionals. They provide a great deal of accuracy in the reading they give.

The very first stethoscope was invented by Frenchman René Laennec. It was a wooden tube which was designed to be used with just one ear.

Piston syringes have been used in medical treatment since Roman times, with records of this dating from as early as the first century, AD. The modern syringe with a disposable needle head was invented in Argentina in 1989 by Carlos Arcustin.

The ophthalmoscope is also called a funduscope. Medical practitioners use it as a routine part of a patient’s physical examination. It allows them to check the health of various parts of the eye, including the retina, optic disc and vitreous humor.

The typical IV setup consists of a sterile container of fluid that is delivered into a tube one drip at a time. This reduces the presence of air bubbles and better controls the flow. The height of the stand is often adjustable, with some IV stands designed to fit onto wheelchairs.

In the late 16th century, Galileo Galilei built what is regarded as the first medical thermometer, although it is more commonly referred to as a water thermoscope. A thermometer with a measured scale was not invented until the 17th century.

Wooden tongue depressors are the type most commonly seen. They are used for holding the tongue in place during a mouth and throat examination and are disposable after use on a single patient.

As simple as they may appear, reflex hammers are an integral part of a neurological physical examination. They are used for testing of deep tendon reflexes and detection of abnormalities in a patient’s central or peripheral nervous system.

The hypothalamus of the brain and the eardrum share blood vessels. This was the reason behind the invention of the aural thermometer by Dr. Theodor H. Benzinger in 1964. He was searching for a more accurate way to measure body temperature by using the brain’s temperature.

Medical gauze is available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and thicknesses. They may be made from cotton, polyester, rayon or a combination of these. Their most common use is in the dressing of wounds.

A hypodermic needle is a hollow and very thin tube with a sharp open point. It is used to both inject and extract substances from the body. Although “injections” have been a medical concept since ancient times, the use of hypodermic needles, as we know them, did not come into use until the mid-19th century.

A vacutainer is the name given to a sterile test tube from which the air has been removed. They are commonly used to collect and hold samples of bodily fluids, such as blood and urine.

Also called an auriscope, the otoscope is used to view the ear canal and eardrum (or tympanic membrane). There is a light source and a low-power magnifying lens in the head of the otoscope to aid vision and diagnosis.

Bandages are typically a strip of material of various widths and lengths commonly used to cover, dress or bind up wounds. They may also be used to strengthen, support or compress an area.

A plaster cast is also known as an orthopedic cast, body cast or surgical cast. Although traditionally made from plaster of Paris, a gypsum based material, presently, knitted fiberglass and thermoplastic are commonly used.

A sling is a type of bandage hung around the neck and used to support an injured arm. It is typically made from a wide triangular piece of fabric.

Used for patients who are unable to get out of bed for toileting, bedpans are normally made out of metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. Specially designed fracture bedpans are made smaller than the standard size and are flat at one end.

There are records dating back to the year 525 depicting the use of wheelchairs in China. The precursor to the modern wheelchair, however, was invented by mechanical engineers Harry Jennings and Herbert Everest (who had suffered a broken back) in 1933.

A scalpel is a kind of small knife with an extremely sharp blade. It may be reusable, disposable after one use, or made to be fitted with disposable blades.

Surgical masks are also known as procedure masks and were first used by Paul Berger, a French surgeon, in 1897, while performing an operation in Paris. They help to prevent the spread of germs contained in water droplets from the mouth and nose.

Forceps are made in a wide range of styles, each one meant for a very specific use. High-grade carbon steel, or an alloy of steel and some other metal is normally used to make surgical forceps. Plastic is used to make disposable forceps.

To properly place the blood pressure cuff on patients, they should first be seated with the selected arm supported. The cuff is then wrapped around the upper arm at about the same height as the heart. The inflated cuff compresses the artery in the arm and can be released in a controlled fashion.

Tweezers are often referred to as thumb forceps. Their pincer grasp is very useful for picking up tiny objects.

Medical scissors come is a range of designs to suit their specific function. Common types include the straight Mayo scissors used for cutting sutures, and the long, curved Mayo scissors for cutting into deep, heavy or tough tissue.

The mouth or dental mirror and the frontal or head mirror are common types of mirrors used in medicine. The mouth mirror, which is angled on a handle, is routinely used by dentists. The frontal mirror is strapped to the examiner’s head and reflects light into a cavity, such as the nose or throat.

A health or medical chart is a comprehensive record of important data on a patient. It often includes medical history, such as vital signs, past and present diagnoses, medications and treatment plans. It will also detail allergies, immunization dates and contain radiology images, as well as lab and test results.

Cotton swabs, or cotton buds, consist of a small wad of cotton wrapped around either end of a short, slender rod. The rod is usually made of plastic, rolled paper or wood.

Height measures help doctors determine healthy growth patterns in children.

The design for the safety pin was first patented in 1849. The clasp helps to ensure the wearer is protected from the pointed tip of the pin. Many common designs have a sliding cap over the clasp as extra protection.

Bandage scissors were specifically designed for cutting tight bandages away from the skin without injuring the patient. They were invented in 1961 by Henry A. Kimmel and have a projected, blunt tip which slides easily and safely under the bandage.

In one test of a patient’s hearing, the ringing fork is first held to the lower jaw while the doctor times how long the patient can hear the sound. This is repeated at the ear. If the sound is heard longer through the bone than through the ear, then the patient may have a hearing problem.

The urine test strip is a basic tool used in urinalysis. The sections of the strip change color to indicate the presence of certain chemicals in the urine. They are used as the first step in detecting certain ailments or abnormalities.

A bulb syringe is commonly used with babies as a way to clear their nasal passages. It can also be used to irrigate the ear canal, and during surgery to provide irrigation to a specific area.

Measuring tape or tape measure is a ruler made of flexile material. Medical measuring tapes come in a wide variety of styles and lengths and are often set in a special device so as to be self-retracting. They are used to check height, length and circumference of different parts of the body.

Cotton balls have multiple uses in medicine, including skin prepping and wound cleaning. They are also used to stem bleeding from injection sites. Many are not actually made of cotton but of a cheaper synthetic material.

Medical gloves come in two main types – examination and surgical. While latex is a common material used to make them, other materials, including nitrile rubber and neoprene, are often used and are suitable for persons with latex allergy.

The folding stretcher is a simple stretcher made so that it can be collapsed for easier carrying and storage. Some types of folding stretchers allow the patient to lie with the upper body slightly raised.

Examination lights may be wall or desk mounted, or attached to a floor stand. Some are designed with a flexible arm that allows the health practitioner to direct light exactly where it is needed.

The fetal stethoscope is used to listen to the heartbeat of an unborn child. It is also called a Pinard horn after its inventor, Dr. Adolphe Pinard. He was a French obstetrician who developed the device in the 19th century for use in prenatal care of mother and child.

The fingertip pulse oximeter is used to measure both heart rate and blood oxygen level. It detects the amount of oxygen in the blood by shinning a light through the fingertip and analyzing how it passes through.

Defibrillators counteract fibrillation -- or quivering of the heart muscle -- in order to restore normal heartbeat. They do this by delivering a brief electric shock to the chest wall or directly to the heart.

Ultrasound has been used in medicine for over half a century. It has been deemed harmless as a diagnostic tool and is widely used in prenatal care of mother and unborn child.

These electronic thermometers have a digital display that shows the temperature reading. Digital thermometers have surpassed the traditional mercury-in-glass thermometer in use among health professionals and in homes.

Alternate names for this very useful device include: blood glucose meter, glucose meter and glucometer. They give an approximate reading of the concentration of glucose in a patient’s blood.

Baby scales are made to safely support infants while their weight is checked. Also called infant or pediatric scales, many of models are designed so the tray can be removed and older children weighed on the platform.

In order to withstand the high temperatures used in sterilizing them, these trays are typically made of stainless steel, but plastic instrument trays are also available. They often come with a cover and strainer.

The practice of magnifying objects too small to be seen by the naked eye has been around for millennia. The earliest records show that around 167 BCE the Chinese were using a magnifying lens in conjunction with a tube filled with water to see minute objects.

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