June 9, 2015
Scientists at Technical University Munich (Germany) have developed a system that combines five molecular imaging techniques—including luminescence, fluorescence, and optical imaging—for multimodal imaging of both tissue models and live subjects.
The preclinical and intravital molecular imaging system houses a window for tissue observation in addition to a larger imaging chamber. Together, they are being used to peer into the microenvironment of tumors and other tissues while learning about the co-registration of multiple lines of imaging data.
"This technology allows us to obtain in-depth knowledge of molecular imaging techniques, how to optimize them, and how to leverage data with statistical analysis while advancing new radiotracers and contrast agents for the imaging and treatment of a range of diseases," says Zhen Liu, PhD candidate and lead author of the study from the department of nuclear medicine at Technical University Munich.