Accelerating the Future...
- FINALIST : Human Development
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2018/07/magnetized-wire-could-be-used-to-detect-cancer-in-people.html
Current blood tests for tumor cells require long time and are likely to miss them. This may dalay the best time to treat cancer.
A research team from Stanford University developed specially engineered and magnetic nanoparticles that can adsorb the free-floating tumor cells.
This new method spends less time than traditional tumor testing methods and can adsorb tumor cells while detecting them.
People currently do not know whether these magnetic wires may have some bad effects on human body while adsorbing tumor cells.
The traditional method of detecting of tumor cells takes a long time, and the accuracy is not high. The number of flowing tumor cells is small, so it is likely that there is not a single tumor cell in the blood sample. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for detecting tumor cells in the blood: using special magnetic wires to adsorb moving tumor cells. This method greatly increases the possibility of tumor cells being e1posed, making detection much less difficult. The team experimented with pigs and found that tumor cells were 10 to 80 times more likely to be found than using the original method. Moreover, the method takes less time - spending 20 minutes is equivalent to 80 tubes of blood samples to get the same result. This method can greatly promote the detection and treatment of tumors.