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Opportunities for Photoacoustic-Guided Drug Delivery

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 6 ]


Jun Xia, Chulhong Kim and Jonathan F. Lovell   Pages 571 - 581 ( 11 )


Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is rapidly becoming established as a viable imaging modality for small animal research, with promise of near-future human clinical translation. In this review, we discuss emerging prospects for photoacoustic-guided drug delivery. PAI presents opportunities for applications related to drug delivery, mainly with respect to either monitoring drug effects or monitoring drugs themselves. PAI is well-suited for imaging disease pathology and treatment response. Alternatively, PAI can be used to directly monitor the accumulation of various light-absorbing contrast agents or carriers with theranostic properties.


Drug delivery, image-guided therapy, optoacoustic, photoacoustic, photothermal, theranostics.


Department of Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA.

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