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How NanoTech is Making Big Waves in Medicine?

By Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly popular amongst industries. How is it going to drive innovation in healthcare and medicines?

FREMONT, CA: Presently, we are living in the climax of the digital revolution where each and every object is getting digitalized. From chatbots to automated cars, digital technology has entirely transformed the life of every individual living on this planet.

Digital technology has already established itself in many industries and now is paving its path towards the medical industry. Medicines, too, have discovered the route in benefitting from the recent technology advancement with nanotechnology. This field involves ingestible ‘Smart Pill’ capsules, nanobots that holds the potential of performing human surgeries, and ‘smart’ microscopes, vaccines, and bandages. Surprisingly enough, by 2024, the worldwide nanotech market is predicted to reach $125 billion in comparison to the global smart pill market in the following year, which is $650 million.

Smart Pills came into the picture in 2001, when PillCam was the first ingestible camera, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By 2008, PillCams was utilized in more than 2 million procedures in the medical field. Besides, there are Dose Tracking Pills that involve sensors logging data of the patient to a corresponding application. This log can be shared with the doctor, family, and others. A more hands-on approach is taken by the vibrant capsule, which promotes muscle contractions to jumpstart digestion. These capsules are very effective in treating constipation without laxatives or any extreme side effects.

As mentioned earlier, the researchers all over the world are developing skilled nanobots that are able to perform a wide array of surgeries on humans. They will be programmed as well as instructed with the external magnetic fields. Besides, nanobots possess the capability to perform eye surgeries with needles where a tiny microneedle is injected via a standard needle into the eye. Then, the surgeons direct the needle utilizing a specialized magnetic field. The bots also help clear blocked arteries by drilling a corkscrew via arterial blockages and breaking up plaque. Also, it allocates biopsies in which the bots resembling unfolded cubes, made from elastic polymers, grab tissue samples by folding up, holding samples inside the cubes.

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