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.).

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/).