Clinically Approved Nanoparticle Imaging Agents

J Nucl Med. 2016 Dec;57(12):1833-1837. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.116.181362. Epub 2016 Oct 13.


Nanoparticles are a new class of imaging agent used for both anatomic and molecular imaging. Nanoparticle-based imaging exploits the signal intensity, stability, and biodistribution behavior of submicron-diameter molecular imaging agents. This review focuses on nanoparticles used in human medical imaging, with an emphasis on radionuclide imaging and MRI. Newer nanoparticle platforms are also discussed in relation to theranostic and multimodal uses.

Keywords: imaging and diagnostics; medical imaging; molecular imaging; nanoparticle; nanoparticles.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Drug Approval*
  • Humans
  • Nanoparticles*
  • Nanotechnology / methods*