About our equipment
Two new radionuclide imaging systems were installed in PRIME: IRIS microPET/CT and MILabs microSPECT/CT. Radionuclide imaging relies on the radiotracer principle, where a small amount of a radioactive tracer (e.g. tumor-targeting peptide, therapeutic agent, metabolic substrate) is injected into the body to monitor a biological process in vivo. The scanners can be used for whole body, high resolution (0.1 - 1 mm), static or dynamic imaging in mice and rats.
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Applications in PRIME
The PET/CT and SPECT/CT scanners in PRIME can be used for the following applications in mice and rats:
- imaging metabolic/biochemical processes;
- imaging receptor expression;
- imaging gene expression;
- imaging in vivo migration of cells.
The CT scanner (i.e. without PET or SPECT) can be used for the following applications in mice and rats:
- high resolution (20-40 µm) focused CT scans;
- medium resolution (140-200 µm) whole body CT scans;
- bone density measurements.