IntelliDrug is an IST Program project to develop a device for controlled drug delivery that is the size of a tooth (it may be as large as several molars). The IntelliDrug device would be implanted in the mouth of a patient, where it could provide regular, measured doses of medication.
The IntelliDrug micro-system will consist of the following elements:
- a medication release mechanism
- built-in microprocessor for decision-making and dosage program
- micro-sensors capable of determining concentration of selected medications in the blood stream.
- micro-actuators to release standard quantities of medication
- a reservoir for selected medications
- Full dentition (chewing surface) maintained.
The IntelliDrug system reminds me of the gas-dispensing tooth from Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune. The situation in the novel is complicated; suffice it to say that Dr. Yueh has prepared a means of dispensing a poison gas from an exact duplicate of a tooth.
That peg tooth I put in your mouth after the tumble at Narcal--that tooth must be replaced, in a moment, I'll render you unconscious and replace that tooth." He opened his hand, stared at something in it. "An exact duplicate, its core shaped most exquisitely like a nerve. It'll escape the usual detectors, even a fast scanning. But if you bite down hard on it, the cover crushes.
(Read more about the dispensing tooth)
Not quite the same, since Herbert's idea is obviously for a single-use sytem. But it's still a drug-dispensing tooth.
Take a look at these other medical inventions with a science fiction connection:
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- World's First Artificial Human Liver Grown In Lab
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- PixelOptics SuperVision Optimizes Your Sight
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(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction.)