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Potential clinical applications of quantum dots.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of nanomedicine
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
2
Pages
151–167
Identifiers
PMID: 18686776
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of luminescent colloidal quantum dots in biological investigations has increased dramatically over the past several years due to their unique size-dependent optical properties and recent advances in biofunctionalization. In this review, we describe the methods for generating high-quality nanocrystals and report on current and potential uses of these versatile materials. Numerous examples are provided in several key areas including cell labeling, biosensing, in vivo imaging, bimodal magnetic-luminescent imaging, and diagnostics. We also explore toxicity issues surrounding these materials and speculate about the future uses of quantum dots in a clinical setting.

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