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Imaging Technologies for Biomedical Micro‐ and Nanoswimmers


Pané, Salvador; Puigmartí-Luis, Josep; Bergeles, Christos; Chen, Xiang-Zhong; Pellicer, Eva; Sort, Jordi; Počepcová, Vanda; Ferreira, Antoine; Nelson, Bradley J (2019). Imaging Technologies for Biomedical Micro‐ and Nanoswimmers. Advanced Materials Technologies, 4(4):1800575.

Abstract

The last decade has seen the rapid development of untethered mobile micro‐ and nanorobots able to navigate liquids by means of external power sources or by harvesting chemicals from their surrounding media. These tiny devices hold great promise for applications in the biomedical field including targeted drug delivery, localized diagnostics, microsurgery, and cell stimulation. However, to translate small‐scale robots from the laboratory to the clinic, many challenges remain. A major obstacle is the lack of imaging technologies that will allow for precise tracking of the devices in vivo. Here, the current progress, challenges, and future possibilities in the monitoring and tracking of biomedical micro‐ and nanomachines using established as well as less conventional imaging technologies are reviewed.

Abstract

The last decade has seen the rapid development of untethered mobile micro‐ and nanorobots able to navigate liquids by means of external power sources or by harvesting chemicals from their surrounding media. These tiny devices hold great promise for applications in the biomedical field including targeted drug delivery, localized diagnostics, microsurgery, and cell stimulation. However, to translate small‐scale robots from the laboratory to the clinic, many challenges remain. A major obstacle is the lack of imaging technologies that will allow for precise tracking of the devices in vivo. Here, the current progress, challenges, and future possibilities in the monitoring and tracking of biomedical micro‐ and nanomachines using established as well as less conventional imaging technologies are reviewed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > General Materials Science
Physical Sciences > Mechanics of Materials
Physical Sciences > Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Language:English
Date:1 April 2019
Deposited On:28 Feb 2019 13:00
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 09:50
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:2365-709X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.201800575
Project Information:
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID771565
  • : Project TitleHINBOTS - Highly Integrated Nanoscale Robots for Targeted Delivery to the Central Nervous System
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID714562
  • : Project TitlePIONEER - Peri-Ocularly Navigated Exteroceptive Snake Robot for Novel Retinal Interventions
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID200021_160174
  • : Project TitleControlled Crystal Growth and Large Scale Integration of Functional Materials by Microfluidic Means (CoInFun)

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