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An x-ray fluorescence imaging system for gold nanoparticle detection

Ricketts, K; Guazzoni, C; Castoldi, A; Gibson, AP; Royle, GJ; (2013) An x-ray fluorescence imaging system for gold nanoparticle detection. Physics in Medicine and Biology , 58 (21) 7841 - 7855. 10.1088/0031-9155/58/21/7841. Green open access

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Abstract

Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) may be used as a contrast agent to identify tumour location and can be modified to target and image specific tumour biological parameters. There are currently no imaging systems in the literature that have sufficient sensitivity to GNP concentration and distribution measurement at sufficient tissue depth for use in in vivo and in vitro studies. We have demonstrated that high detecting sensitivity of GNPs can be achieved using x-ray fluorescence; furthermore this technique enables greater depth imaging in comparison to optical modalities. Two x-ray fluorescence systems were developed and used to image a range of GNP imaging phantoms. The first system consisted of a 10 mm(2) silicon drift detector coupled to a slightly focusing polycapillary optic which allowed 2D energy resolved imaging in step and scan mode. The system has sensitivity to GNP concentrations as low as 1 ppm. GNP concentrations different by a factor of 5 could be resolved, offering potential to distinguish tumour from non-tumour. The second system was designed to avoid slow step and scan image acquisition; the feasibility of excitation of the whole specimen with a wide beam and detection of the fluorescent x-rays with a pixellated controlled drift energy resolving detector without scanning was investigated. A parallel polycapillary optic coupled to the detector was successfully used to ascertain the position where fluorescence was emitted. The tissue penetration of the technique was demonstrated to be sufficient for near-surface small-animal studies, and for imaging 3D in vitro cellular constructs. Previous work demonstrates strong potential for both imaging systems to form quantitative images of GNP concentration.

Type: Article
Title: An x-ray fluorescence imaging system for gold nanoparticle detection
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9155/58/21/7841
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0031-9155/58/21/7841
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1399803
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