Medical Micro- and Nanorobots

Authored by: Sylvain Martel

Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075465
eBook ISBN: 9781420075496
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Medical microrobots and nanorobots such as the ones capable of navigating in the human blood vessels have been popularly conceptualized as miniature mechanical or electromechanical versions of the more familiar large-scale robots. Indeed, it is not rare to see representations of micro-nanorobots equipped with miniature mechanical tweezers, integrated sonar, and many other components resembling the ones found in larger systems. In reality, due to the complexity, technological limitations, and other technological issues within such scale constraints, the implementation of such small-scale robots and, particularly, nanorobots including the components attached to will mostly rely on other disciplines including but not limited to biology, biochemistry, material sciences, pharmaceutics, nanotechnology, and particularly nanomedicine being the application of nanotechnology to the medical field.

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