This study presents the work carried out in developing a precision bolus injection system in order to understand the regional deposition of nanoparticles (NP) in human lung. A real-time control system has been developed that is capable of storing graphite NP, assessing human breathing pattern and delivering a bolus of the stored NP at a pre-determined instance of the inhalation phase of breathing. This will form the basis for further development of a system to deliver radioactive nanoparticles to enable 3-dimensional lung imaging using techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET). The system may then be used to better understand the actual regional deposition in human lung, which could validate or challenge the current computational lung models such as that published by the International Commission for Radiation Protection (ICRP-1994). A dose related response to inhaled PM can possibly be shown, which can be used to review the current workplace exposure limits (WELs).
Koujalagi, V., Ramesh, S. L., Gunarathne, G. P. P., Semple, S., & Ayres, J. (2009). Development of a Bolus Injection System for regional deposition studies of nanoparticles in the human respiratory system. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 151(012035). https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/151/1/012035