Taiwanese research team develops large-scale proactive cancer treatment system first-generation prototype

A Taiwanese research team, led by Prof. Ming-Shing Young of Department of Electrical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), has successfully developed a large-scale proactive cancer treatment system first-generation prototype which includes Frequency-Adjustable High Frequency Induction Heating Machine (HFIHM) and 3D Magnetically Guiding Endoscope System (3DMGES).

In addition, the team has begun cooperating with Delta Electronics, Inc. and Supertech Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. and is expecting to complete a system of small and medium animal experiments for commercial enterprises and to create a business opportunity greater than that of human clinical utility system.

According to NCKU Prof. Cheng-Chi Tai of Department of Electrical Engineering, the Frequency-Adjustable High Frequency Induction Heating Machine is a frequency-adjustable and high-frequency heating system which uses nano-magnetic particles and heating technology to raise the temperature of tumor tissues, and when the temperature reaches 41.5?„? to 46?„?, the malignant cells will be destroyed while preserving normal cells.

NCKU Prof. Ching-Hsing Luo of Department of Electrical Engineering pointed out, "The position capability of 3D Magnetically Guiding Endoscope System is superior than the one-dimensional positioning of present endoscopes, because it can engage in front and rear, left and right, up and down movement as well as three-dimensional twist to accurately locate burns and shock wave lithotripsy in narrow kidney space and it can also be easily controlled to reduce operative time and patients’ pain."

Prof. Ching-Hsing Luo is anticipating the production of the finished prototype of 3D Magnetically Guiding Endoscope System in the second year and the functional testing of animals in the third year, and according to the process of "Diamond Action Plan for Biotech Takeoff" launched by the Executive Yuan, he is planning to enter the next stage and to propose a project to the Department of Health to engage in clinical trials and FDA certification of 3D Magnetically Guiding Endoscope System.

The NCKU proactive cancer treatment team, led by Prof. Ming-Shing Young of Department of Electrical Engineering, includes two engineering and design integrated sub-teams from College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Planning and Design and College of Engineering, one nano-magnetic particles design sub-team from College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, and two clinical application physician sub-teams from College of Medicine.

SOURCE National Cheng Kung University

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