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Gold: a versatile tool for in vivo imaging

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Imaging for diagnostics or for evaluating the efficacy of a particular drug constitutes a key challenge, and a topical area of research in nanomedicine. There has been a tremendous effort devoted to the evaluation of a variety of contrast agents, and gold nanomaterials due to their inherent and geometrically induced optical properties, have offered significant potential for in vivo imaging. The gold based nanostructures that are most commonly employed for biological imaging include nano-spheres, -rods, -shells, -cages and -stars. This feature article provides an overview of the current state of research in utilizing these gold nano-architectures in imaging, with particular emphasis on modalities such as two-photon luminescence, computed tomography, optical coherence tomography, near infrared and photoacoustic imaging.

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2012, accepted on 24 Aug 2012 and first published on 24 Aug 2012

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2TB00020B
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013,1, 9-25

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    Gold: a versatile tool for in vivo imaging

    V. W. K. Ng, R. Berti, F. Lesage and A. Kakkar, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013, 1, 9
    DOI: 10.1039/C2TB00020B

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