Gold nanoshells for imaging and photothermal ablation of cancer


Gold nanoshells consist of a thin, gold shell over a non-conductive core material, such as silica or gold-sulfide. Designed to scatter and absorb light within the near-infrared (NIR) water window, these particles can be employed for both optical imaging and photothermal ablation of cancer. This chapter provides a brief overview of nanotechnology's role in cancer medicine followed by an in-depth discussion of gold nanoshells, their optical properties and use thus far as a cancer diagnostic and therapeutic tool in vitro and in vivo. © 2012 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coughlin, AJ; West, JL

Published Date

  • October 2012

Start / End Page

  • 326 - 355

Published By

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1533/9780857096449.2.326


  • eng

Citation Source

  • Scopus