Clinical Diagnostic Imaging

  • Masayuki YokoyamaEmail author
  • Kouichi Shiraishi


In this section, we describe clinical imaging technologies with a focus of targeting methodology and photochemical imaging modality. First, we discuss the targeting methodology for imaging diagnosis by comparing drug targeting methodology for therapies, and then, we explain characteristic features of the photochemical imaging modality by comparing those of other imaging modalities. In the middle part, we explain several carrier systems for imaging contrast agents; dendrimers, liposomes, polymeric micelles, and metal nanoparticles. In the last part, we classify optical imaging agents into four categories on the basis of their diagnostic and therapeutic functions, and introduce recent technical and clinical developments of photochemical imaging.


Contrast agent Image diagnosis Optical imaging Carriers used for imaging diagnosis 


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  1. 1.Division of Medical EngineeringThe Jikei University School of MedicineChibaJapan

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