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MR Solutions’ PET/MRI scanner explores innovative magnetic nanoparticles as a bimodal imaging agent.

In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal researchers from Bourgogne University showed that the use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) using multi modal – PET/MRI – showed promising improvements in imaging capabilities.

Using an MR Solutions, cryogen free, 3T scanner with a PET clip on the sequential images were found to be highly beneficial providing high spatial resolution, high sensitivity, high technical maturity with a low radiation dose.

Professor Nadine Millot principal investigator on the study commented, “The combination of simultaneous MRI/PET imaging is very attractive because it allies the high resolution of MRI with the high sensitivity of PET to obtain accurate anatomical and quantitative information at the same time”. This pioneering agent highlights activity in the liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys before being gradually excreted from the body with no cytotoxicity observed.

This is the first successful grafting of PEG and MANOTA chelator on prefunctionalized iron oxide NPs synthesized under continuous hydrothermal conditions for bimodal PET/MRI imaging and shows the potential benefits.

MR Solutions remains the only company with commercial installations of cryogen free MRI scanners – from 3T to 7T. All of these scanners can be fitted with either clip-on PET scanners for sequential scanning or inserted into the bore to provide simultaneous scanning.

The same PET clip-ons can also be used on the recently launched range of MR’s CT scanners.

MR Solutions has over 30 years’ experience in pre-clinical scanning and has in excess of 2000 installations across the world. This includes sales of their state of the art MRI spectrometers. Its multi-modal scanners are renowned for their excellence in terms of superior soft tissue contrast and molecular imaging ability. Their highly trained network of global distributors provides back up and support.

MR Solutions has its global headquarters at Ashbourne House, The Guildway, Old Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1LR; tel: + 44 1483 532146;;

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Innovative magnetic nanoparticles for PET/MRI bimodal imaging