Golden carbon nanotubes as multimodal photoacoustic and photothermal high-contrast molecular agents.

@article{Kim2009GoldenCN,
  title={Golden carbon nanotubes as multimodal photoacoustic and photothermal high-contrast molecular agents.},
  author={Jin-Woo Kim and Ekaterina I Galanzha and Evgeny V. Shashkov and Hyung-Mo Moon and Vladimir P. Zharov},
  journal={Nature nanotechnology},
  year={2009},
  volume={4 10},
  pages={688-94}
}
Carbon nanotubes have shown promise as contrast agents for photoacoustic and photothermal imaging of tumours and infections because they offer high resolution and allow deep tissue imaging. However, in vivo applications have been limited by the relatively low absorption displayed by nanotubes at near-infrared wavelengths and concerns over toxicity. Here, we show that gold-plated carbon nanotubes-termed golden carbon nanotubes-can be used as photoacoustic and photothermal contrast agents with… CONTINUE READING

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