Special Issue "SPECT and PET Imaging of Small Animals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2021.
Interests: PET and SPECT imaging; small-animal imaging; multimodality imaging; molecular imaging; image reconstruction
Interests: iterative reconstruction algorithms in PET; medical image processing; radiomics; clinical and preclinical PET/CT
Over the past two decades, there has been a great demand for dedicated small-animal imaging systems for biomedical research applications. Several commercial and research small-animal imaging systems have recently emerged, including PET, PET/CT, and PET/MR, as well as SPECT and SPECT/CT scanners. These small-animal imaging modalities are powerful tools providing crucial biological and physiological information to researchers. Non-invasive in vivo imaging of small animals has become an important tool in biomedical research.
There are many preclinical applications of small-animal PET and SPECT systems, for example, in the areas of cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Small-animal imaging focuses on the study of various diseases like cancer, with a tremendous impact on applications such as drug development. Furthermore, small-animal imaging systems facilitate the monitoring of pharmacological and therapeutic intervention for these diseases. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for improved drug development and for in vivo monitoring of internal organs’ morphological and functional characteristics. In this direction, there are several aspects of medicine that can be thoroughly explored by microPET and microSPECT systems, including diagnosis and novel therapeutic interventions. Therefore, therapeutics, clinical trials, and translational research can greatly benefit from small-animal imaging. The future of small-animal imaging lies in the upgrade of relevant hardware and software, in the development of novel applications, and in the improvement of camera sensitivity, spatial resolution, and sophisticated image reconstruction.
The aim of this Special Issue is to present novel and diverse research articles that demonstrate new instrumentation developments, imaging protocols, reconstruction algorithms, and imaging applications in small-animal PET and SPECT imaging. This is not limited to special application areas.
Dr. George Kastis
Dr. Anastasios Gaitanis
Dr. Nicholas E. Protonotarios
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- Small-animal imaging (i.e., PET- and SPECT-based scanners, instrumentation)
- Small-animal imaging applications (i.e., drug discovery, quantification)
- Radionuclide imaging
- Imaging protocols
- Image reconstruction
- Image processing