Author(s): Unnikrishnan S, Klibanov AL
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to describe trends in microbubble application in molecular imaging. CONCLUSION: Microbubbles are used for contrast ultrasound imaging as blood-pool agents in cardiology and radiology. Their promise as targeted agents for molecular imaging is now being recognized. Microbubbles can be functionalized with ligand molecules that bind to molecular markers of disease. Potential clinical applications of molecular imaging with microbubble-based ultrasound contrast agents are in the monitoring of the biomarker status of vascular endothelium, visualizing tumor vasculature, and imaging inflammation and ischemia-reperfusion injury zones and thrombi.
This article was published in AJR Am J Roentgenol
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research