Integrated whole-body preclinical SPECT/MRI system for in-line multi-modality preclinical imaging
Would you buy stand-alone SPECT and CT systems? Why would an integrated SPECT/MRI be different?
Want to achieve reproducible, sub-millimetre co-registered fusion of your modalities?
Due to the high level of integration of the nanoScan SPECT/MRI, there is no loss of information caused by reorientation and co-registration of images acquired on standalone systems.
This design allows accurate attenuation and scatter correction based on MRI datasets which is not possible with standalone or separated systems
(1) due to the inevitable misalignment of the object caused by manual positioning and
(2) due to lack of integration of SPECT reconstruction and MRI data acquisition.
Automatic co-registration is ensured by single, integrated acquisition software used by the nanoScan SPECT/MRI imager. Importantly, precise positioning and automatic gantry movements enable multiple bed position MRI acquisitions covering the entire body length of a mouse and rat.
The temporal correlation is quasi-simultaneous: users do not need to spend time with moving the animal from one imager to the other or even moving it from one room to another. Switching between SPECT and MRI acquisitions has never been so quick and easy.
Considering the above mentioned advantages of the integrated nanoScan SPECT/MRI system, it is not surprising that throughput is high: acquiring a SPECT/MRI image will not take longer than a SPECT/CT with a dedicated SPECT/CT imager.
nanoScan SPECT/MRI uses the permanent magnet technology of Aspect Imaging which does not require any special cooling (ie. No cryogens or helium), plumbing, or auxiliary power supplies. These features significantly reduce operating costs, require far less maintenance and allow quick and easy installation with minimal demand on the laboratory resources. It has a small footprint, it is even compatible with any laboratory and personal electronics equipment such as mobile phones and laptops.