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Combined photothermal therapy and magneto-motive ultrasound imaging using multifunctional nanoparticles
Author(s): Mohammad Mehrmohammadi; Li L. Ma; Yun-Sheng Chen; Min Qu; Pratixa Joshi; Raeanna M. Chen; Keith P. Johnston; Stanislav Emelianov
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Paper Abstract

Photothermal therapy is a laser-based non-invasive technique for cancer treatment. Photothermal therapy can be enhanced by employing metal nanoparticles that absorb the radiant energy from the laser leading to localized thermal damages. Targeting of nanoparticles leads to more efficient uptake and localization of photoabsorbers thus increasing the effectiveness of the treatment. Moreover, efficient targeting can reduce the required dosage of photoabsorbers; thereby reducing the side effects associated with general systematic administration of nanoparticles. Magnetic nanoparticles, due to their small size and response to an external magnetic field gradient have been proposed for targeted drug delivery. In this study, we investigate the applicability of multifunctional nanoparticles (e.g., magneto-plasmonic nanoparticles) and magneto-motive ultrasound imaging for image-guided photothermal therapy. Magneto-motive ultrasound imaging is an ultrasound based imaging technique capable of detecting magnetic nanoparticles indirectly by utilizing a high strength magnetic field to induce motion within the magnetically labeled tissue. The ultrasound imaging is used to detect the internal tissue motion. Due to presence of the magnetic component, the proposed multifunctional nanoparticles along with magneto-motive ultrasound imaging can be used to detect the presence of the photo absorbers. Clearly the higher concentration of magnetic carriers leads to a monotonic increase in magneto-motive ultrasound signal. Thus, magnetomotive ultrasound can determine the presence of the hybrid agents and provide information about their location and concentration. Furthermore, the magneto-motive ultrasound signal can indicate the change in tissue elasticity - a parameter that is expected to change significantly during the photothermal therapy. Therefore, a comprehensive guidance and assessment of the photothermal therapy may be feasible through magneto-motive ultrasound imaging and magnetoplasmonic nanoparticles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7574, Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications VII, 757405 (12 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.843055
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Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Li L. Ma, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Yun-Sheng Chen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Min Qu, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Pratixa Joshi, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Raeanna M. Chen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Keith P. Johnston, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Stanislav Emelianov, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7574:
Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications VII
Alexander N. Cartwright; Dan V. Nicolau, Editor(s)

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