Graphene-based contrast agents for photoacoustic and thermoacoustic tomography

Photoacoustics (Impact Factor: 4.6). 12/2013; 1(3-4):62-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.pacs.2013.10.001


In this work, graphene nanoribbons and nanoplatelets were investigated as contrast agents for photoacoustic and thermoacoustic tomography (PAT and TAT). We show that oxidized single- and multi-walled graphene oxide nanoribbons (O-SWGNRs, O-MWGNRs) exhibit approximately 5–10 fold signal enhancement for PAT in comparison to blood at the wavelength of 755 nm, and approximately 10–28% signal enhancement for TAT in comparison to deionized (DI) water at 3 GHz. Oxidized graphite microparticles (O-GMPs) and exfoliated graphene oxide nanoplatelets (O-GNPs) show no significant signal enhancement for PAT, and approximately 12–29% signal enhancement for TAT. These results indicate that O-GNRs show promise as multi-modal PAT and TAT contrast agents, and that O-GNPs are suitable contrast agents for TAT.

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    • "GNPs could also be intercalated or covalently functionalized with important elements (e.g. manganese, iodine) in medicine to develop highly efficacious contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) [8] [9], computed tomography (CT) [10], and their intrinsic electromagnetic properties could be harnessed towards the development of probes for fluorescence [4], photoacoustic and thermoacoustic imaging [11]. There is now a wide body of research documenting the toxicology and pharmacology of fullerenes, metallofullerenes and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) [1e3,12]. "
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