Encyclopedia of Cancer

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| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Molecular Imaging

  • Tobias Bäuerle
  • Wolfhard Semmler
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_3813-6


Molecular imaging is an interdisciplinary approach to noninvasively assess disease-specific structures in a living organism. When using the term molecular imaging in the narrow sense, imaging of molecular structures is referred to, but in the broader sense also, the assessment of morphology in high resolution; functional and metabolic parameters are included. When applying the broader definition, the following imaging techniques are most relevant: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), optical imaging (OI), positron emission tomography (PET), and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Each imaging modality produces data with advantages and disadvantages containing complementary information from a region of interest. For probe design, data acquisition, and image postprocessing, knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics, pharmacology, informatics, and medicine is required. MR...


Positron Emission Tomography Molecular Imaging High Resolution Compute Tomography Bioluminescence Imaging Molecular Imaging Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of RadiologyUniversity Medical Center ErlangenErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Medical Physics in RadiologyGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany