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Imagine trying to find a needle in a haystack, that too in the middle of a labyrinth! This is exactly how difficult it could be to directly treat cancerous tumors inside the body. Currently, patients undergo chemotherapy to treat a tumor that is in hard-to-access locations inside their bodies. This means that the entire body of the patient is subjected to therapy, only in order to target one small location. Not only does this result in risks to other organs, and the overall health of the patient, but also results in ineffective and suboptimal treatment.
Conventionally, MR (Magnetic Resonance) and focused US (Ultrasound) are used for the detection and treatment of cancerous tumors. Inspired by these technologies, we present SonoMag – a system that harnesses energy from magnetic and acoustic fields to remotely manipulate therapeutic drugs as small as the thickness of your hair strand. SonoMag employs complimentary physical principles to existing clinical standards and have been tested as a proof of concept in a laboratory setting. We believe that doctors would benefit from this technology to make clinical therapy more localized and less invasive.