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Methods Mol Biol. 2010;624:343-57. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-609-2_23.

Applications of gold nanorods for cancer imaging and photothermal therapy.

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  • 1Laser Dynamics Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.


This chapter describes the application of gold nanorods in biomedical imaging and photothermal therapy. The photothermal properties of gold nanorods are summarized and the synthesis as well as antibody conjugation of gold nanorods is outlined. Biomedical applications of gold nanorods include cancer imaging using their enhanced scattering property and photothermal therapy using their enhanced nonradiative photothermal property.

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