In Vivo Animal Imaging

In Vivo Animal Imaging


Imaging modalities are available to non-invasively visualize, characterize and quantify normal and pathologic processes in organs and tissues of the living animal. Specialized imaging instruments, similar to human clinical PET, X-ray CT, MRI, and SPECT scanners but with higher resolution, are available at the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging for small-animal research studies. Additionally, optical imaging instruments are available for bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging. In contrast to traditional biomedical imaging by microscopy, in which excised tissues are typically examined to characterize histological changes and thus identify an underlying disease process, molecular imaging in the living animal targets distinct molecular pathways and cellular biomarkers to provide visual and quantitative information for diverse research applications.

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Optical Imaging– Fluorescence
Optical Imaging– Bioluminescence

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