Imaging in nanomedicine: a multidisciplinary challenge
About twenty years ago, the application of nanotechnology to biomedical issues gave rise to a new research field called nanomedicine. In nanomedical research, a wide spectrum of scientific skills is involved, ranging from the physico-chemical characterisation of new nanocomposites, to their set-up as therapeutic/diagnostic tools for preclinical/clinical application. Imaging techniques play a major role in each of these phases, providing information not only on the nanoconstructs’ characteristics, but also on their interactions with the biological environment, in vitro and in vivo. The present brief note summarizes the information potential offered by multiple imaging techniques: integrating different scientific competences is crucial for their proper application and this may be envisaged as an exciting multidisciplinary challenge in nanomedical studies.
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