You are now at the end of this free course, Metals in medicine. You should now be able to answer the following questions posed in the introduction – a note box is provided below for you to complete. You may find the questions in the exercise below useful in building your answers.
- How can the measurement of signals from living tissue be converted into images useful for diagnostic medicine?
- What is an MRI contrast agent and how can the properties of metal complexes be applied to this role?
- What aspects of the coordination chemistry of cisplatin underpin its effectiveness as an anticancer treatment, and what are the shortcomings of this drug which have necessitated the search for alternatives?
In this course you have seen the key role that metals play in medicine, both in medical imaging and in therapeutic applications. Research continues in both these areas with new metal containing compounds being synthesised, with optimised properties, leading to new generations of imaging agents and metallodrugs.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.
IGCSE Chemistry with the NEC
Ignite your passion for this complex and interesting subject, study IGCSE Chemistry online with the National Extension College (NEC).
Everything you see, hear, smell, taste and touch involves chemistry and chemicals (matter). This broad and complex subject helps us to understand the world in which we live and opens up a range of science-based degree courses and careers. Chemistry is fun – no other subject offers bubbles, bangs and changes of colour or state! NEC's stimulating IGCSE Chemistry online course brings learning to life through a series of practical experiments suitable for completion at home.
You’ll develop your knowledge of core concepts across physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, plus key employability skills – such as problem-solving, analytical thinking and reasoning. This IGCSE Chemistry course offers flexible learning with course materials developed by subject experts and tutor-marked assignments.