Radiotherapy enhancement with gold nanoparticles

  title={Radiotherapy enhancement with gold nanoparticles},
  author={James F. Hainfeld and F. Avraham Dilmanian and Daniel N Slatkin and Henry M Smilowitz},
  journal={Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology},
Gold is an excellent absorber of X‐rays. If tumours could be loaded with gold, this would lead to a higher dose to the cancerous tissue compared with the dose received by normal tissue during a radiotherapy treatment. Calculations indicate that this dose enhancement can be significant, even 200% or greater. In this paper, the physical and biological parameters affecting this enhancement are discussed. Gold nanoparticles have shown therapeutic efficacy in animal trials and these results are… 

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