Nanotechnology may be better for detecting cervical cancer than traditionally used pap smears. In the Biophysics Review, distributed by AIP Publishing, Massachusetts General Hospital determined that nanotechnology and computer learning advances can detect Human papillomavirus (HPV) sooner. Pap smears are usually 80% accurate for detecting HPV. However, researchers are currently pioneering a test that uses tiny biological material beads that form a diamond shape when they encounter HPV. This technique has been referred to as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).
The development of this technology has been possible because researchers continue to have the basic lab equipment needed to study and evaluate new testing techniques. We are proud to supply devices that help researchers study, diagnose and treat cancer. C & A has been a leader in improving the health and minds of people worldwide for the past thirty years, and we are excited to supply researchers with tools that will allow them to further develop testing programs.
How Nanoparticle Testing Works
Nanotechnology makes tumors easier to see on imaging tests. This technology works by coating nanoparticles with substances or antibodies that allow these particles to find and stick to cells that are cancerous. Additionally, when nanoparticles are designed prior to injection into the body, they can be used to find cancer and treat it. However, this color changing treatment is primarily used to identify cells that are pre-cancerous.
This discovery can help stop cancer early, as 500,000 cases of cervical cancer occur yearly in the United States, and only 50% of women are screened for it annually. The advancement of this technology also means that cervical screening will be easier for low-income communities. In the past, low-income nations have dealt with a higher cervical cancer death rate due to the inaccessibility of pap smears. However, this method of nanotechnology testing will limit the need for doctor review, making mass testing easier.
Whether you are working in cancer research, or educating tomorrow’s researchers, C & A has a line of reliable microscopes and centrifuges that can meet any of your laboratory’s testing needs. For more information, please check out our Medical and Histology Catalogs.
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