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Biomedical engineers find imaging technique could become treatment for deep vein thrombosis.

This technique involves use of nanopeptisomes, or NPeps, the particles comprise a shell around a droplet of fluorine-based oil, similar to liquid Teflon. The surface of the shell holds a molecule that finds and binds a protein on the surface of activated platelets, a key cellular component of clots.

“The particles bind to the surface of the clots, we apply the ultrasound, and the droplet turns to gas and forms a bubble under the shell,” said Medina. “It gives an excellent contrast for imaging. The bubbles appear exactly where the clots are forming.”


Imaging technique used by Biomedical Engineers.

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