Targeted nanoparticle tumor ablation medical devices for diagnostics and therapy.
Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNT) are designed with internal antennae tuned to a specific Near Infrared (NIR) laser frequency, which, when activated, oscillate at high speeds, generating thermal energy (heat) sufficient to cause cell apoptosis. Using targeting probes, the MWCNT seek out, attach to, and reside within, specific cancer cells the targeting probes are engineered to recognize. The NIR laser is non-invasive, and does not injure the skin. In addition to the ability to seek out and destroy cancer, the MWCNT can also be conjugated with probes for high resolution imaging for diagnostics purposes using existing MRI technology.