Dissolvable Micro-Mirrors Enhance Imaging, Administer Heat, Deliver And Monitor Drugs

Main Category: Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 30 Nov 2012 – 1:00 PST

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Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk-based implantable optics that offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo thermal therapy, administering drugs and monitoring drug delivery. The devices also lend themselves to a variety of other biomedical functions.

Biodegradable and biocompatible, these tiny mirror-like devices dissolve harmlessly at predetermined rates and require no surgery to remove them.