SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

Never Miss a Story

Sign up for email alerts

 

More Magazine Features

Medical Tourism - Health care disrupter or fringe service? Where does medical tourism fit in today's health care environment?

8 tips to eco-friendly purchasing in the health care sector Win-win purchasing strategies for the 21st Century

Focused ultrasound: The clinical possibilities beyond ablation The clinical possibilities beyond ablation

Q&A with Jeffrey Brown, executive director, Practice Greenhealth Brown offers the latest news about the organization

Urban health - big cities, big challenges In July, the Carolinas HealthCare System Anson in Wadesboro, N.C., a town of about 5,800 people, opened the doors to its new facility and embarked on a bold experiment.

See All Magazine Features  

More Industry Headlines

Elekta is building the hybrid linac-MR of tomorrow The Atlantic is a linear accelerator with a built-in 1.5T MR scanner

BC Technical acquires Virtual Medical Sales Will improve company's service capabilities

Gearing up for China Med 2015 The trade show promises to continue breaking records in attendance and exhibitors

Global MR market set to more than double by 2020: report Technological advancements and less expensive systems drive market

Health care cannot afford uninformed, cost-conscious public: study Cost fears may lead to unaccountable patients cramming the ER

Teen posing as doctor in Florida hospital is nothing to kid about How normalization of deviance in hospitals can open doors for trespassers

GE and Volpara sign agreement over breast density measurement software GE looks to personalize breast cancer screening

Hybrid OR for Swedish hospital is latest partnership between Siemens and IMRIS Sahlgrenska University Hospital to offer intraoperative MRI

Most health care managers expect return on population health investments: survey But there is still work to be done

Faster, more accurate sepsis diagnoses could save lives and money Study says new technology may offer better outcomes than standard blood cultures

Nanomedicine: The Magic Bullet?

by Loren Bonner , DOTmed News Online Editor
This story first appeared in the April 2012 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News

Advances in the field show promise for what seemed like wishful thinking only a century ago.

Glioblastoma, the brain tumor that killed U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy in
2009, is one of the most common—and most aggressive—types of brain tumor there is. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, a patient’s typical course of treatment is surgery. But tumor removal is a tactile and visual procedure. Oftentimes, a surgeon can’t recognize and remove every single piece of cancerous tissue. In turn, this can cause tumor re-growth in a patient and the causalities that may follow.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

OiHealthcare - ISO 9001 & 13485 Certified - Call 888-673-5151

Oxford Instruments Healthcare, is a leading ISO 9001 & 13485-certified organization, that specializes in providing quality after-market GE CT and MRI systems, service and parts - at prices you can afford.



Nanomedicine, or the application of science at the nanometer or molecular scale, has the potential to change this. Using nanotheranostics – a combining of therapeutic and diagnostic techniques in nanomedicine – researchers at Stanford University have developed an imaging technology that specifically detects Glioblastoma cancer cells, along with a novel approach to destroying them.

“We have nanoparticle-based imaging agents that can be injected into tumor sites,” says Dr. Demir Akin, deputy director of Stanford University’s Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translation. “Because tumor sites have leaky blood vessels due to the gaps between the cells, the nanoparticles can go through those gaps.”

According to Akin, paired with infrared light, nanoparticles built to locate and infiltrate cancer cells can be used in an imaging capacity (the diagnostic portion) and since the infrared light is absorbed by the nanoparticles, the tissue containing the particles is, in turn, heated. Ultimately, this leads to the destruction of the metastatic tumor tissue.

“It is impossible to say how many nanomedicine research projects are ongoing globally at the current time, but it is certainly a rapidly expanding field,” says Ruth Duncan, co-author of “Nanomedicine(s) under the Microscope,” which provides a review of the history and evolution of nanomedicines, as well as the emerging opportunities to come.

Duncan says that nanotechnologies are being developed for applications in health care and medicine in several different ways. Nanomedicine can provide new surgical tools and devices that can be used outside the patient, and it can offer biomaterials to aid in tissue repair and drug delivery (often combined with cell therapy). As for disease, innovations are three-fold: diseases can be more accurately imaged and monitored during treatment, and therapies can be individualized and precisely targeted for better outcomes.

Continue reading Nanomedicine: The Magic Bullet?...
  Pages: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - ... >>

Related:


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Center
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2015 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED