|Nuclear-medicine Techniques Address Small-animal Imaging|
|High-performance molecular-imaging systems designed for small animals could impact on a wide range of medical applications. It is easy to think that things were better back in the ‘good old days’. But it was not so long ago that the diagnosis of many diseases required explorative surgery to look inside the body.
Recently, dedicated tomographic devices for imaging small living animals with extremely high resolution have become commercially available. These devices can replace invasive research procedures such as animal slicing and tissue dissection. They also make it easier to carry out fast dynamic studies and follow-up experiments in which live animals are followed over many months, abilities that not only speed up and refine biomedical research, but also enable us to reduce the number of animals required for certain experiments.
|Pieter Vaissier, MiLabs, Molecular Imaging Labs / Delft University of Technology|