The Benefits of Nanomedicine
Nanotechnology is defined as “the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale.” Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology within a medical background. Nanomedicine provides us with the technology to quickly and more efficiently diagnose, fix, and heal the body at an accelerated rate while causing a significantly less amount of harm or stress on the body during the process than current procedures. We are able to achieve this by constructing microscopic devices to allow us the ability to reconstruct tissue, fight disease, and even reverse the effects of aging on a cellular level. The technology is no longer exclusive to books, TV, and movies, the technology is here, and it is on the rise. Although the idea of nanomedicine might sound fairly new, according to Nano.gov, in 1997, the U.S. has spent 116 million dollars towards the research and development of nanotechnology. Each year more and more is invested as its potential rapidly becomes realized with over 849 million spent alone in 2008. Doctors and physicians need to begin to apply the applications of nanotechnology into the medical field to better benefit the health of the human race. Usually, when a patient is diagnosed with an illness or disease, it is most of the time derived from past medical history (both from the patient and the patient’s family), numerous diagnostics tests, as well as the patient’s recollection of the symptoms he or she might remember. Needless to say misdiagnosis is common, too common. The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (TCFRN), believes in the near future, that doctors will be able to monitor their patients via real-time full body scans from permanently implanted sensors searching for toxins, imbalances, deposits, cancer cells and any other imperfection in the body. These scans will not only be full scale scans but will also provide three dimensional images to a physician to pin point specific areas of the body. In most...
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