Clot-busting "millirobots" corkscrew their way through blood vessels

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Period20 Dec 2023

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  • TitleClot-busting "millirobots" corkscrew their way through blood vessels
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNew Atlas
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionWhile some blood clots can be removed via a flexible tool that's inserted into the affected vein or artery, others are much more difficult to reach. Those other clots could one day be treated using remote-control "millirobots" that auger their way through the patient's blood vessels.

    Currently in experimental form, the tiny devices were created by scientists from the Netherlands' University of Twente and Radboud University Medical Center. Each bot's 3D-printed corkscrew-shaped body is about the size of a grain of rice, and contains a 1 x 1-mm permanent magnet.
    Producer/AuthorNew Atlas
    PersonsIslam S.M. Khalil