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Author Nikiforidis, George C. ♦ Sakellaropoulos, George C. ♦ Kagadis, George C.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES ♦ BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY ♦ LIMITING VALUES ♦ NMR IMAGING ♦ PERFORMANCE ♦ POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION ♦ POSITRON COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
Abstract Molecular imaging (MI) constitutes a recently developed approach of imaging, where modalities and agents have been reinvented and used in novel combinations in order to expose and measure biologic processes occurring at molecular and cellular levels. It is an approach that bridges the gap between modalities acquiring data from high (e.g., computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron-emitting isotopes) and low (e.g., PCR, microarrays) levels of a biological organization. While data integration methodologies will lead to improved diagnostic and prognostic performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, triggered by MI, will result in a better perception of the underlying biological mechanisms. Toward the development of a unifying theory describing these mechanisms, medical physicists can formulate new hypotheses, provide the physical constraints bounding them, and consequently design appropriate experiments. Their new scientific and working environment calls for interventions in their syllabi to educate scientists with enhanced capabilities for holistic views and synthesis.
ISSN 00942405
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-08-15
Publisher Place United States
Journal Medical Physics
Volume Number 35
Issue Number 8


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