Ultrathin gold nanowires to enhance radiation therapy

Lin Bai, , , , Hui Wang, , Wen Jiang, , Bin Ji, , Shi Gao, Jin Xie &
Abstract Background Radiation therapy is a main treatment option for cancer. Due to normal tissue toxicity, radiosensitizers are commonly used to enhance RT. In particular, heavy metal or high-Z materials, such as gold nanoparticles, have been investigated as radiosensitizers. So far, however, the related studies have been focused on spherical gold nanoparticles. In this study, we assessed the potential of ultra-thin gold nanowires as a radiosensitizer, which is the first time. Methods Gold nanowires were...
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