Molecular theranostics: A primer for the imaging professional

Daniel Y. Lee, King C.P. Li

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OBJECTIVE. A theranostic system integrates some form of diagnostic testing to determine the presence of a molecular target for which a specific drug is intended. Molecular imaging serves this diagnostic function and provides powerful means for noninvasively detecting disease. We briefly review the paradigms rooted in nuclear medicine and highlight recent advances in this field. We also explore how nanometer-sized complexes, called nanomedicines, present an excellent theranostic platform applicable to both drug discovery and clinical use. CONCLUSION. For imagers, molecular theranostics represents a powerful emerging platform that intimately couples targeted therapeatic entities with noninvasive imaging that yields information on the presence of defined molecular targets before, during, and after cognate therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-324
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Cancer therapy
  • Molecular imaging
  • Molecular medicine
  • Nanomedicine
  • Theranostics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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