TU Delft and Molecular Imaging Labs (MI Labs) have succeeded in combining two forms of medical imaging techniques into one piece of equipment. These techniques are particularly useful for cancer research. The two techniques are known as microPET and microSPECT. SPECT and PET can be performed simultaneously and they give a higher resolution than traditional microSPECT and microPET. The new device is known as the VECTor (Versatile Emission Computed Tomography) and is designed for use in fundamental research into the functioning of cells and organs. It can show functional details smaller than half a millimetre.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) are used in cancer research and diagnosis, among other things. PET and SPECT are also commonly used to carry out fundamental research into living cells and disease mechanisms or to develop better methods of diagnosis and treatment. The equipment that has now been developed at TU Delft and MI Labs is designed for fundamental research using experimental animal models. The combined PET/SPECT apparatus offers extremely high resolution, reduces use of laboratory animals and also offers financial savings when carrying out research in this area. Previously, both types of equipment would have had to be bought separately and less information could be gained from each individual animal.
Prof. Freek Beekman, professor at TU Delft and CEO/CSO of MI Labs, previously was in charge of developing the U-SPECT, one of the two elements in the new combined apparatus. This U-SPECT (Ultra-high resolution Single Photon Emission Computed Tomographer) is much more precise than the normal SPECT apparatus or other scanning techniques.
'These scanners allow us to see how cells and organs function in unprecedented detail. There are already more than ten U-SPECTs around the globe, which can test ne
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Delft University of Technology