Nanotechnology applications in urology: A review

Michael Maddox, James Liu, Sree Harsha Mandava, Cameron Callaghan, Vijay John, Benjamin R. Lee

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The objectives of this review are to discuss the current literature and summarise some of the promising areas with which nanotechnology may improve urological care. A Medline literature search was performed to elucidate all relevant studies of nanotechnology with specific attention to its application in urology. Urological applications of nanotechnology include its use in medical imaging, gene therapy, drug delivery, and photothermal ablation of tumours. In vitro and animal studies have shown initial encouraging results. Further study of nanotechnology for urological applications is warranted to bridge the gap between preclinical studies and translation into clinical practice, but nanomedicine has shown significant potential to improve urological patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-660
Number of pages8
JournalBJU International
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • carbon nanotubes
  • gold nanoshells
  • nanotechnology
  • quantum dots
  • urology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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