HIGH RESOLUTION/ SENSITIVITY PET IMAGING OF SMALL ANIMAL
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an
in vivo analog of autoradiography and has the potential to become a powerful
new tool in imaging biological processes in small laboratory animals. With
the ever increasing number of human disease models, particularly in the
smaller animals such as mice and rats, high resolution radionuclide imaging
(such as PET) of small animals can contribute unique information. The
critical advantage of PET is that it allows functional information to be
obtained non-invasively, so each animal can be studied repeatedly. Clinical
PET scanners used for human imaging are bulky, expensive and do not have
adequate spatial resolution for small animal studies. Hence, dedicated, low
cost instruments are required for conducting small animal studies with higher
spatial resolution than what is currently achieved with clinical PET scanners.
The goal of the proposed effort is to investigate a novel approach for
designing a high resolution PET system.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
Radionuclide imaging (PET, SPECT, gamma-camera, surgical probes), high energy
physics, nuclear and health physics, nuclear treaty verification, nuclear safeguards.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Michael R. Squillante
RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES INC
44 HUNT ST WATERTOWN, MA 02172
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