Gadolinium-doped Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles as Scaffolds for Multimodal Imaging
Dr. Amanda Eckermann
Multimodal imaging agents are beneficial to medical imaging and research because they combine strengths of individual modalities. Nanoparticles provide an excellent scaffold to combine different imaging agents into one entity. Following a literature precedent, we have synthesized gadolinium-doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging. We have characterized these particles using SEM/EDS. Further, we have investigated modification of the surface of these hydroxyapatite nanoparticles using a phosphate-labeled dye. Current goals are to further characterize the size, structure, and composition of these nanoparticles.
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