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Polymeric theranostics: using polymer-based systems for simultaneous imaging and therapy

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Abstract

Polymer-based nanomedicine is a large and fast growing field. Polymer-based systems have been extensively used as therapeutic carriers as well as bioimaging agents for example in tumour diagnosis. However, fewer polymeric systems have been able to combine both therapy and imaging in a new field that is called theranostics (theragnostics). This review aims to summarise the recent developments and trends on polymeric theranostics. Four different types of therapies/treatments are examined namely drug delivery, gene delivery, photodynamic therapy and hyperthermia treatment combined with different imaging moieties like magnetic resonance imaging agents, fluorescent agents and microbubbles for ultrasound imaging.

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The article was received on 09 Feb 2013, accepted on 11 Apr 2013 and first published on 11 Apr 2013


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3TB20191K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013,1, 3002-3025
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    Polymeric theranostics: using polymer-based systems for simultaneous imaging and therapy

    T. Krasia-Christoforou and T. K. Georgiou, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013, 1, 3002
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TB20191K

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