Synthetic diamonds can be used in MRI scan
Diamonds are considered as one of nature’s most beautiful inventions, but a new study published in the journal Nature Communications reveals these precious gems they are much more valuable than that, able to help detect early stage cancer.
An Australian research team led by Ewa Rej from University of Sydney discovered a method to use synthetic diamonds in MRI scans to identify cancerous tumours before they become life-threatening. “By attaching hyperpolarized diamonds to molecules targeting cancers the technique can allow tracking of the molecules’ movement in the body,” explained Rej.
Researchers already knew nano-diamonds hold non-toxic properties allowing them to deliver drugs during chemotherapy treatments, and decided to focus on hyperpolarizing the small stones so their signal is detectable by an MRI scanner.
“We thought we could build on these non-toxic properties realising that diamonds have magnetic characteristics enabling them to act as beacons in MRIs,” commented David Reilly from the university in an interview to the Business Standard.
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