Multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Venkat S. Kalambur, Susanta Hui, John C Bischof

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Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles have intrinsic advantages over other nanoparticles for various biomedical applications. These advantages include visualization, heating, and movement properties. There are now numerous efforts underway to expand the applications of these particles for non-invasive magnetic targeting/localization, drug/adjuvant delivery and release, cellular imaging and cellular therapies. In order to move these applications forward it is necessary to define new assays and methods to visualize, move and heat these particles and define their interactions with cellular systems. Our studies of the movement and heating of these nanoparticles in solutions and gels suggest a strong response of these properties to the size and coating of the particles, the suspending medium and the field parameters. Additionally, cellular association is a strong function of the coating and concentration of the nanoparticles and the time of incubation. X-ray computed tomography (CT) can be used to image at least two orders of concentration (1-40 mg Fe/ml) higher than that by 1.5 T Magnetic Resonance (MR) (0.01-0.4 mg Fe/ml) and could prove to be useful for image-guided treatments in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThermal Treatment of Tissue
Subtitle of host publicationEnergy Delivery and Assessment IV
StatePublished - 2007
EventThermal Treatment of Tissue: Energy Delivery and Assessment IV - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 20 2007Jan 21 2007

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceThermal Treatment of Tissue: Energy Delivery and Assessment IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Cell association
  • Colorimetric
  • Iron oxide
  • Magnetophoresis
  • Radiofrequency heating
  • Scaling
  • Superparamagnetic


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