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Theranostics: paving the path to personalized medicine

Recently, I got to know the concept of theranostics and did a little research on this creative approach. Theranostics was first proposed by Funkhouser in 2002.  Theranostics deliver therapeutic drugs and diagnostic imaging agents at the same time within the same dose. Therapeutic agents can be combined with a wide range of imaging tools including PET/SPECT, fluorescence, or MRI. Molecular imaging with a theranostic may inform the presence of a molecular target, as well as its distribution within a patient. The field of Theranostics is rapidly facilitating the shift from 'trial and error' medicine to personalized medicine.

Here are the links to a few very interesting reviews on theranostics, check them out:


For polymeric theranostics, see: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2013/TB/c3tb20191k#!divAbstract

For nanotheranostics, see: http://www.dovepress.com/nanotheranostics-ndash-a-review-of-recent-publications-peer-reviewed-article-IJN-recommendation1


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