Outstanding Laser Industry – Nanotechnology
How will nanotechnology influence modern medicine?
Much is still unknown about the realm of nanotechnology and how it will ultimately shape the way we see medicine. As technology advances, there are many new possibilities that researchers discover through the use of this micro medicine that ultimately improves the lives and treatments of patients across the globe.
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What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is the process of using granular devices that are designed to travel directly into the body of a patient and fix the problem without the use of invasive surgery or other similar tactics. To put it into perspective, a nanometer is one-billionth of one meter! That’s roughly the measurement of the width of three atoms.
This technology allows medical professionals to operate on a micro level with infinitely more precision than that of standard tools. Nanotechnology also allows doctors to use microscopic cameras to view the true workings of internal organs, veins, and muscles. Because of the purely atomic scale that this technology operates within, the possibilities for its applications are fairly limitless.
How is it currently used in modern medicine?
Right now, nanotechnology is used regularly to improve bandaging. Nanofibers dissolve into the skin and deliver medicine directly to the wound as it gradually heals, these types of ‘smart’ bandages can have growth hormones or coagulant effects to speed up the healing process.
Smart pills are another process that has come out of the search for more in-depth nanotechnology. Smart pills allow doctors to track dosage, clear blockage without the use of other medications, and can even have cameras that provide a clear view of our organ systems. These pills are used today within many different types of medical practices.
What are the potential applications of nanotechnology?
The biggest hurdle nanotechnology can help the medical field overcome is its potential to improve cancer treatments. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Current chemotherapy and cancer treatments target overall areas of an infected area, but with nanotechnology, doctors target specific cancer cells and growths in a patient’s body from the inside of the mutation, thus limiting the damaging effects of chemotherapy on the patient.
Research is currently in the works for the regenerative purposes of nanotechnology. This could be used as a way to regenerate bone and muscle tissue in a patient and could replace risky replacements such as mesh or metal. The eventual capacity for nanotechnology to present solutions in regenerative medicine represents the true leaps and bounds this type of medical technology can take.
Nanomedicine can also be utilized for assisting surgeons in the middle of operations. Having nanobots injected into the patient can mean a feed of the patient’s vitals in real-time, allowing surgeons and nurses to monitor the success of surgery at a closer rate.
In short, nanotechnology will continue to have a huge influence on our view of medicine in the coming years. Harnessing the power of our systems at a molecular level will benefit the quality of treatments our healthcare systems provide to our patients, as well as improve the standard in medical research.