Theranostics 2013; 3(3):223-238. doi:10.7150/thno.5409


Gold Nanorods Based Platforms for Light-Mediated Theranostics

Zhenjiang Zhang, Jing Wang, Chunying Chen

CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China.

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Zhang Z, Wang J, Chen C. Gold Nanorods Based Platforms for Light-Mediated Theranostics. Theranostics 2013; 3(3):223-238. doi:10.7150/thno.5409. Available from

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Due to their tunable surface plasmon and photothermal effects, gold nanorods (AuNRs) have proved to be promising in a wide range of biomedical applications such as imaging, hyperthermia therapy and drug delivery. All these applications can be remotely controlled by near infrared (NIR) light which can penetrate deep into human tissues with minimal lateral invasion. AuNRs thus hold the potential to combine both imaging diagnosis and therapeutic treatment into one single system and function as a NIR light-mediated theranostic platform. Herein we review recent progress in diagnostic and therapeutic applications of AuNRs with a highlight on combined applications for theranostic purposes.

Keywords: Gold nanorods, theranostics, cancer therapy, imaging, hyperthermia, drug delivery.