Ultrasound triggered image-guided drug delivery

Eur J Radiol. 2009 May;70(2):242-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2009.01.051. Epub 2009 Mar 9.


The integration of therapeutic interventions with diagnostic imaging has been recognized as one of the next technological developments that will have a major impact on medical treatments. Important advances in this field are based on a combination of progress in guiding and monitoring ultrasound energy, novel drug classes becoming available, the development of smart delivery vehicles, and more in depth understanding of the mechanisms of the cellular and molecular basis of diseases. Recent research demonstrates that both pressure sensitive and temperature sensitive delivery systems hold promise for local treatment. The use of ultrasound for the delivery of drugs has been demonstrated in particular the field of cardiology and oncology for a variety of therapeutics ranging from small drug molecules to biologics and nucleic acids.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Carriers / chemistry*
  • Drug Carriers / radiation effects
  • Drug Delivery Systems / methods*
  • Equipment Design
  • Sonication / instrumentation*
  • Sonication / methods*
  • Sonication / trends
  • Ultrasonography / instrumentation*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*
  • Ultrasonography / trends


  • Drug Carriers