The AIU has the following equipment:
- High-resolution PET/CT nanoPET (Mediso)
- Small animal magnetic resonance scanner 7 Tesla (Varian)
- Two in vivo optical imaging systems: 200 XENOGEN (IVIS, PerkinElemer) and FMT 1500 (Visian Medical)
- Intravital microscope (Intelligent imaging)
- Ultrasound systems (2 x VEVO 2100, Visualsonics)
- Radiopharmaceutical Unit for in situ production of molecular probes with different radioisotopes (18F, 89Zr, 68Ga, etc.).
- The type of studies that can be done covers a wide range of possibilities:
- Magnetic resonance: high-resolution 'conventional' anatomical image, spectroscopy, angiography, tissue perfusion, magnetization transfer, cardiac dynamic studies, etc.
- Computed tomography imaging: bone and biomaterial studies, morphometric, pulmonary, etc.
- Nuclear imaging: cell metabolism studies by glucose (18F-FDG) or palmitic acid (18F-FTHA), with applications in oncology, neurology, cardiology and inflammatory and infectious diseases. In vivo monitoring of biomolecules (antibodies/peptides), cell tracking, etc.
- Molecular probes: synthesis of nanoparticles and/or radioactive or fluorescent marking of different biomolecules (antibodies, peptides, microvesticles, etc.).
- In vivo optical imaging: cell metabolism studies (genetically modified cells), cell monitoring, etc.
- Echocardiographic studies: in rodents and zebrafish, fetal studies in rodents, vascular ultrasound, etc.
- Other services provided by the laboratory include advice on optimal techniques for a specific problem and data post-processing (including quantification, co-registration of modalities, parametric statistical analysis -SPM-, etc.).
Detailed (Also includes a basic study)
Parametric maps T1/ T2 /T2*
Spectroscopy (13C, 1H, 31P)
18F-FDG (glucose metabolism)
Gallium-68 Radiochemistry 68Ga-DOTA
Gallium-68 Radiochemistry 68Ga-DOTATATE
Gallium-68 Radiochemistry 68Ga-DOTARGD2
Fluorine-18 Radiochemistry 18FTHA
Antibodies radiolabeling 68Ga or 89Zr
Calvarial bone marrow
Tibial and plantar muscle
Most of the facilities and imaging techniques described are also available to external users through the ICTS "Distributed Biomedical Imaging Network" (http://www.redib.net/).