Molecular imaging is a powerful tool for the study of biology directly within living subjects. It provides a number of unique advantages over more traditional tools such as histology:
The Imaging Core as part of the Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Core Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery will provide access to all major molecular imaging modalities for small animals (typically mice and rats) starting Fall/Winter 2006:
This fee-based service is part of strategic partnership between the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Small Animal Imaging Resource Program/In Vivo Cellular Molecular Imaging Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The Table below indicates some of the reported Molecular Imaging applications. Molecular Imaging is useful primarily for imaging biology. Moreover, several Molecular Imaging modalities can also be used for small animal anatomical imaging (similar to clinical diagnostic imaging).
|Gene Expression||Bone, Joint||Reporter Gene|
|Cell Tracking||Whole Body||Contrast Agent, Radiopharmaceutical, Reporter Gene|
|Soft Tissue MRI||US|
Please contact Philipp Mayer-Kuckuk (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 212.606.1082) for additional information.
Note: Publications that include data generated using the services of the Imaging Core must acknowledge support through NIH AR046121.
Note: Several of the imaging modalities are considerable sophisticated or experimental. We encourage prospective users to contact us during the planning phase of their study to discuss the potential application of Molecular Imaging and plan the necessary logistics.