A View Of Tumors, From The Inside OutS

This image looks like an explosion in space, but it's actually gold nanorods bonding with a cancer cell. This type of gold nanoparticle could help researchers to watch a tumor grow in real time, within a few years, according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford implanted nanoparticles into living mice and were able to image their tumors in 1,000 times more detail than you could with current imaging techniques. And the technique, using Raman spectroscopy, will allow doctors to measure 10, 20 or even 30 molecular targets simultaneously, instead of just one or two. Researchers say it'll revolutionize cancer diagnosis and treatment within a decade. Image from Cancer.gov. [Science Daily]