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Internet of nano-things in human cancer detection

Banu, R. (2020) Internet of nano-things in human cancer detection.

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Abstract:One of the leading causes of death worldwide is cancer.This is in part due to the current screening methods thatmedical professionals have at their disposal, as they arenot able to detect tumors that are minuscule. The ear-lier a cancer is detected, the higher the likelihood of thepatient’s survival. Would it be possible to create a morespecific screening method, and what size tumors would itbe able to find? As a solution to this problem, this paperenvisioned an Internet of Nano-Things cancer screeningtechnique, in which genetically engineered bacteria are in-serted into the body of a testee, where they would colonizethe tumor and release a fluorescent marker. This markerwould be detected by a nano-device which would ping aninternet getaway bracelet worn by the testee. Based on theweight and height of the patient, the amount of bacteriagiven to them, the first time of detection, and duration ofpings, the procedure would be able to approximate the sizeof the tumor present in the testee. This paper found thatthe theoretical minimum detectable tumor size for such atechnique varies between 40mgand 131mg, depending onthe patient’s blood volume, with the patient being admin-istered 121 000 bacteria.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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