MR Solutions’ liquid helium free PET-MRI system firmly on the agenda at WMIC
The latest PET-MR imaging system for molecular research provides dual scanning capability
MR Solutions’ latest liquid helium free PET-MR preclinical imaging system for the molecular research community was the subject of talks and papers on simultaneous PET-MR imaging at the World Molecular Imaging Congress held in Montreal in September. Combined PET-MR imaging is becoming the standard for new scanners in preclinical research.
The Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine discussed their experience and initial studies following the installation of MR Solutions’ PET-MR dual field 3T/7T scanner. One of their studies was also outlined in a separate poster session[i] where research using MR Solutions’ 7T MRI scanner was discussed.
MR Solutions’ latest PET-MR imaging system for molecular research provides dual scanning capability which significantly improves the quality of the images and the length of time normally taken to conduct separate imaging studies. The PET-MRI capability can be through MR Solutions’ clip on PET scanner for sequential scanning or within the bore for simultaneous scanning.
PET-MRI is highly effective for the imaging of tumours, hearts and brains in rodents for oncology, cardiology and neurology research. The liquid helium free PET-MRI system combines high field 3T to 9.4T MRI imaging for the exquisite structural and functional characterisation of tissue with the extreme sensitivity of PET imaging for metabolism and tracking of uniquely labelled cell types or cell receptors. The imaging results have the best spatial resolution on the market at <0.7mm.
For simultaneous imaging, the PET capability is provided by solid state detectors which are incorporated within the bore of the MRI scanner. To complete the simultaneous imaging, the images are fused together in real time to give a much more detailed image of the animal with the advantages of both scanning techniques.