The EU project INSERT
, coordinate by DEIB, has reached its conclusion with the realization of the first clinical instrument allowing simultaneous SPECT and MRI imaging. Currently targeting neuro-oncological applications, the combination of two complementary imaging techniques – magnetic resonance providing anatomic details and scintigraphy allowing the selective detection of specific molecules (by means of radionuclides), often associated to the presence of tumors, paves the ways to new scenarios in clinical diagnostics in terms of speed and precision of pathology identification. From the technological point of view, the hardest challenge that has been faced, was the successful realization of gamma detection modules (mounted in ring) providing high sensitivity and compatibility with the extremely high magnetic fields inside the MRI scanner.
For more information, visit: http://www.insert-project.eu/