Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) Hub
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) are key imaging techniques to examine brain morphology and pathology in vivo. Synergistic effects may arise from the ability of PET to detect and quantify pathophysiological processes with very high sensitivity, and the ability of MRI to provide complementary morphological information due to the higher spatial resolution. Applying PET/MRI methods to preclinical animal models enables new (longitudinal) experimental designs and provides the potential for direct translation, thereby reducing the gap between clinical and experimental research. The SyNergy Macroscale Hub provides state-of-the-art preclinical scanners, imaging protocols, and processing pipelines for small animal PET/MRI.
Please contact the Macroscale Hub staff for project requests or further questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)top
|Ulrike Schillinger||project requests||ISDemail@example.com||089-4400-46166|
|Marco Düring||Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, LMU Klinikum|
|Martin Dichgans||Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research, LMU Klinikum|
|Peter Bartenstein /
|Department of Nuclear Medicine, LMU Klinikum|
• Small animal PET/MR scanner (Mediso Nanoscan 3T) at the CSD building.
• Small animal PET scanner (Siemens Inveon) and small animal PET/CT (Mediso) at the department of Nuclear Medicine.
• Characterization of mouse brain morphology using structural, molecular, metabolic and quantitative imaging.
• Established imaging protocols for scanning, processing and quantification.
• Collaboration with radiopharmaceutical lab on campus (Department of Nuclear Medicine) for synthesis of PET tracers and development of novel tracers.
• Collaboration with the MR physics department (Department of Radiology, Prof. Olaf Dietrich) for optimizing and establishing MR techniques.
• Isotope laboratory for tracer handling and a dedicated animal housing cabinet for keeping animals overnight for isotope decay.
• High performance workstations for image reconstruction and quantification
• Software licenses for special applications (e.g. PMOD)
• Access to high performance compute cluster (Linux, CPU and GPU) on-premises.
|Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)||18F||Glucose metabolism|
|GE-180||18F||Translocator protein (TSPO), Microglia activation|
|Florbetaben||18F||Amyloid beta plaque load quantification|
|PI-2620||18F||Various tau targets (e.g. PHF and NFT)|
|Fluoroethyl-L-tyrosine (FET)||18F||Aminoacid transport|
To get more information and for general inquiries, please get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To start a new project, researchers must submit a short proposal, containing an abstract and all relevant details for planning the project (such as number of animals, planned experiments, tracers, etc.). The number of simultaneous projects depends heavily on these parameters, especially number of animals, frequency of scans and duration of a measurement series.
If resources (in terms of measurement time) run short, projects will be selected based on feasibility and scientific impact by the hub coordinators.
The use of the scanner (including typical consumables, but excluding radiotracers) is free of charge for SyNergy tandem projects. Personnel can be provided (depending on availability) or own personnel can be trained by hub staff.
Radiotracers are not included and have to be provided through individual project funding.