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Scientists create magnetic ‘gun’ to shoot drugs in body
Scientists believe that they are a so-called Gauss gun, rifle, or coil, may deliver drugs into the body of a patient, or just able to puncture a blood clot around. The “gun” is made with magnetized balls that are injected into a patient.
In the medical world is making so-called ‘magic bullets’ just about the Holy Grail. It means that drugs or carriers by targeting them automatically delivered to that place where they have to do their work. A group of American scientists took the idea of a bullet very literal. They have developed a system to inject steel balls in the body of a patient in order then to shoot off via magnetism, so that, for example, drugs can be released or can be punctured by blood clots. The idea seems thus on a gauss gun and was presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
According to the authors, the concept works with small steel balls, for example, can be loaded with drugs. The intention is that they are injected into the body, and then with an MRI scanner, the balls come to lie neatly next to each other and to be navigated to the correct area. This works because the balls are magnetized by the MRI scanner. Thereafter, a ‘trigger’ which injected more or less ensures that the magnetized ball gun will be fired. That process could then ensure that release drugs. There may also by the released kinetic energy when fired through a blockade. In a video showing scientists how the concept, wholesale, is done.
While the concept sounds pretty exciting there is still very much to be done before the system can be put into practice. Thus, the steel balls are still not small enough to be able to bring into the bloodstream. Once they succeeded to do the makers of clinical trials to prove that the system is safe and effective, which ultimately may be years before the gauss gun can be used in practice.
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