Techniques


Techniques include structural and metabolic imaging (MRI/MRS, high frequency ultrasonography and microCT), gamma-ray imaging (gamma camera, microSPECT/CT, microPET/CT), and optical imaging (bioluminescence and fluorescence).  A summary of instruments is provided below.

Type of Imaging

Modality

Instruments

 

Structural & Metabolic Imaging

 

MicroCT

 

Part of X-SPECT system (Gamma Medica);

Part of Triumph microPET/CT (GE)

MRI/MRS

Bruker 9.4 T System

Ultrasound

Vevo 6600 (Visualsonics) with 20, 30, 40, & 55 MHz probes; SONIX RP system with a 4-15 MHz broadband linear array transducer

Gamma-ray Imaging

Gamma Camera,

SPECT

Three planar gamma cameras, 2 Numa acquisition computers); Picker Model Number 211039 REV.C Axis VT Variable Technology SPECT camera

SPECT/CT

X-SPECT system (Gamma Medica)

microPET/CT

Triumph (GE)

Optical Imaging

Bioluminescence

Two IVIS-100 systems (Xenogen)

Fluorescence

Custom Stereomicroscope (Leica) with tuneable wavelength Filter CCC (Nuance, CRI), Explore Optix, Fluorescence accessory with IVIS-100 instruments