Artemis Imaging Technology: A New Standard of Care in the Operating Room?
Published on Mar 24, 2014
Memorial Sloan Kettering physicians discuss the power and potential of a new nanotechnology-based optical imaging system, the Artemis camera, to help guide cancer surgeries.
“Coach” Israel Barken M.D. remarks: I do not believe it is a standard in the operating room, but it is fascinating to see the ongoing research improving on imaging and treatment of cancer.
An interesting article is : Nanoparticles for cancer imaging: The good, the bad, and the promise. Nano Today 2013, 8, 454=460.
Recent advances in molecular imaging and nanotechnology are providing new opportunities for biomedical imaging with great promise for the development of novel imaging agents. The unique optical, magnetic, and chemical properties of materials at the scale of nanometers allow the creation of imaging probes with better contrast enhancement, increased sensitivity, controlled biodistribution, better spatial and temporal information, multi-functionality and multi-modal imaging across MRI, PET, SPECT, and ultrasound. These features could ultimately translate to clinical advantages such as earlier detection, real time assessment of disease progression and personalized medicine. However, several years of investigation into the application of these materials to cancer research has revealed challenges that have delayed the successful application of these agents to the field of biomedical imaging. Understanding these challenges is critical to take full advantage of the benefits offered by nano-sized imaging agents. Therefore, this article presents the lessons learned and challenges encountered by a group of leading researchers in this field, and suggests ways forward to develop nanoparticle probes for cancer imaging.