A touchable molecular communication model of targeted contrast agent delivery

Y. Chen, P. Kosmas, P. S. Anwar, L. Huang

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We propose a potential architecture of a microrobotic platform for transporting contrast agent inside the body in contrast-enhanced medical imaging (CMI), and analyze the targeting performance using a 'touchable' molecular communication model. The remote controllability and trackability of microbots lead to such a 'touch-communication' (TouchCom) mode. These microbots (i.e., message carriers in the context of molecular communications) are responsible for the delivery of contrast agent nanoparticles (i.e., message). The loading/injection and unloading of the contrast agent correspond to the transmitting and receiving processes, respectively. Subsequently, we define the propagation delay, path loss, as well as angular and delay spectra of targeting intensity, which are parallel to their counterpart concepts in the conventional wireless channel and are important parameters from the perspectives of both targeting and communication. We also present simulation tools for the propagation and transient characteristics of microbots in the blood vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467364324
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2015
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 201512 Jun 2015


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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