Nanotech Robots Swim Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells
Saturday 30 November 2013

Nanotech Robots Swim Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells

Robotics again unveils its connection with medicine powered by wireless technology, illustrating the key role mobile technology plays in modern health care innovation. These injectable machines can carry out medical tasks, gather diagnostics, even deliver drugs into the bloodstream, according to a Stanford University electrical engineer, Ada Poon who was the leading light of this project, inventing implantable machines, powered by wireless technology, that are small enough to traverse veins. She adds, "Such devices could revolutionize medical technology, Applications include everything from diagnostics to minimally invasive surgeries."

Poon was into this revelation when she came to realize body cells conduct electricity poorly, but are unexpectedly receptive to radio waves. This spurred Poon and her team to develop a remote radio-control for medical devices advanced enough to perform minor surgeries, take diagnostics and analyze patients.

These days a lot of technology is being used in medical field, and this revolution is helping a lot for the doctors and nurses, who are using tablets and smartphones to research and communicate with patients, and a number of health services apps are becoming popular. For example, an iPhone service allows doctors to check EKGs with their smartphones, allowing for quicker analysis and diagnosis. Doctors are also diagnosing strokes using smartphones, using an app that displays a 3D image of the patient's brain as the stroke occurs. How smart has become the medical field using cutting edge technology to the core. There are lots of apps available for making practice of doctors easier. The Food and Drug Administration approved a smartphone-enabled ultrasound device, another illustration that medical advances are making strides along with advances in mobile technology. . The FDA is struggling to catch up with recent medical advances centered on mobile technology, and additional guidelines are on the horizon to regulate medical apps

Pharmaceutical companies are also nowadays into using technology for developing a "smart pill" to take patients' stats, similar to how the wireless robots could gather data from within the bloodstream. The pills need further testing before they hit the market, and are subject to FDA approval.

Medical robots are already there, but still Stanford team’s medical robots are under development, and they will face regulatory scrutiny when they enter the health care market. Since Stanford's robots run on wireless technology, the FDA may take an especially detailed look into the effect high-frequency radio waves have on body tissue, since those waves power the devices.

It is unbelievable that in just few years of time, how effectively technology and its scopes are used in various fields, and this may result in remarkable developments in future by not just following traditional conventional methods and now Poon's discovery of human tissue's receptiveness to radio waves highlights how much is left to learn about how mobile technology can affect people. Still more to come.