Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear imaging is a technique that utilizes medical isotopes to visualize and characterize diseases and injuries and it is being used increasingly to study specific biochemical processes in preclinical models and patients. Positron emission tomography (PET) and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) can detect small quantities of molecules labeled with medical isotopes. By attaching isotopes to targeting molecules it is possible to image specific biochemical targets and processes non-invasively. Nuclear molecular imaging as it is known is being used for disease diagnosis and to help identify the optimal treatment plan based on the unique biochemical profile of individual patients (personalized medicine).