Magnetic hyperthermia

Daniel Ortega, Quentin A. Pankhurst
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • DOI: 10.1039/9781849734844-00060

Magnetic hyperthermia

What is it about?

Magnetic nanoparticles - particles barely bigger than a pinch of a few glucose molecules -may release heat under the action of an alternating current (AC) magnetic field. This effect can be harnessed to deliver localised heat to tumoral tissues, killing cancer cells and leaving healthy tissues unaffected.

Why is it important?

This chapter delves into the critical aspects related to the underlying physics of magnetic particle hyperthermia, offering to the readers the latest achievements across the scientific disciplines involved and presenting its traslational side through some case studies of the very few clinical trials available to date. An expert perspective on future developments of this technique taking into account the accomplished goals so far is also given.

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