Background: Quantum dots are an emerging nanomaterial with broad use in technical
disciplines; however, their application in the field of biomedicine becomes also relevant and
significant possibilities have appeared since the discovery in 1980s.
Objective: The current review is focused on the therapeutic applications of quantum dots which become
an emerging use of the particles. They are introduced as potent carriers of drugs and as a material well
suited for the diagnosis of disparate pathologies like visualization of cancer cells or pathogenic
Conclusion: Quantum dots toxicity and modifications for the toxicity reduction are discussed here as
well. Survey of actual papers and patents in the field of quantum dots use in the biomedicine is provided.
Keywords: Drug delivery, in vivo diagnostic, in vivo imaging, nanoparticle, nanotechnology, quantum dot.
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