Ligands tethering to biocompatible ultrasound active polymeric microbubbles surface

Francesca Cavalieri, Ali El Hamassi, Ester Chiessi, Gaio Paradossi, Raffaella Villa, Nadia Zaffaroni

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Abstract

Ultrasound imaging, also known as echography, is a widespread diagnostic tool in medicine. Handiness and versatility are established assets of this noninvasive imaging technique. Echogenic devices enhance the sensitivity of this method and formulations of novel systems is a growing field in biomedical research. In this contribution we describe the synthesis, the mesoscopic characterization, and the functionalization of microbubbles based on telechelic poly (vinyl alcohol) for a next-generation ultrasound imaging multifunctional device suitable for diagnosis as well as for therapeutic purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
Volume234
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Biomaterials
  • Colloids
  • Conjugated polymers
  • Microbubbles
  • Poly(vinyl alcohol)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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