Novel nanoparticles, including various gold nanostructures with intrinsic optical properties can be tuned to
have strong absorption in the near-infrared region. These nanoparticles have been shown to be useful for a variety of potential
applications in biomedicine, including cancer molecular imaging, photothermal ablation therapy, and controlled
drug delivery. In this article, we provide an up-to-date review of these nanoparticles integrating both diagnostic and therapeutic
functions, and their applications in image-guided cancer therapy.
Keywords: Nea-Infrared, Gold nanoshells, Nanoparticles, Thermal ablation, Photoacoustic imaging.
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