Watch out cancer! Those itty-bitty lights are coming to get you!
This illustration shows how human breast cancer cells in a mouse model were “chased” with novel rare earth nanoscale probes injected intravenously. When the subject is illuminated, the probes glow in an infrared range of light that is more sensitive than other optical forms of illumination. In this case, the probes show the spread of cancer cells to adrenal glands and femur (thigh) bones.
Image: Harini Kantamneni and Professor Prabhas Moghe/Rutgers University New Brunswick
Faster, More Accurate Cancer Detection Using Nanoparticles, Rutgers-Led Study Finds, Todd B. Bates, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 11 Dec 2017.
Using light-emitting nanoparticles, Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists have invented a highly effective method to detect tiny tumors and track their spread, potentially leading to earlier cancer detection and more precise treatment.
The technology, announced today, could improve patient cure rates and survival times.
“We’ve always had this dream that we can track the progression of cancer in real time, and that’s what we’ve done here,” said Prabhas V. Moghe, a corresponding author of the study and distinguished professor of biomedical engineering and chemical and biochemical engineering at Rutgers–New Brunswick. “We’ve tracked the disease in its very incipient stages.”
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