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PET and bioluminescent imaging aid evaluation of stem cells' potential for new ways to treat disease
Date:12/6/2007

f. Wu and co-author Sarah J. Zhang review the basic principles of current techniques for cardiac stem cell tracking, compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of these imaging modalities and discuss the future prospect of cardiac stem cell trafficking. Comparison of Imaging Techniques for Tracking Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy is the first article in the journals new monthly feature called Focus on Molecular Imaging.

The unique information obtained from molecular imaging techniques is particularly helpful in evaluating cell engraftment and may shed light on the mixed findings regarding stem cellbased therapy, said Wu. The current noninvasive imaging approaches for tracking stem cells in vivo include imaging with magnetic particles, radionuclides, quantum dots, reporter genes, and fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging, he added. It is possible that a tailored combination of two or more techniques may provide the most ideal information profile for clinical applications, concluded Wu.


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