Inertial cavitation, often viewed by engineers as a destructive nuisance, may be useful in the future for delivering drugs precisely where they're needed in the human body, according to this article. Ultrasound, the technology that commonly provides images of the unborn, can also create inertial cavitation. Constantin Coussios of Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering believes the effect can be used to generate bubbles that collapse and propel drugs into spots otherwise difficult to penetrate due to the densely packed cell structure of tumors.

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