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Simultaneous PET/MR – 4D correlation of functional molecular and multi-parametric imaging

Simultaneous PET/MR spatially and temporally correlates the observation of metabolic, physiological and functional processes using two powerful yet complementary molecular imaging techniques.  ​

In this way, simultaneous hybrid imaging is a unique tool to probe biological and disease mechanisms. PET/MR has an impact in all areas of molecular and medical research, such as oncology, neuroscience, infectious diseases, cardiology, theranostics, immunology and tracer development.

  • Highest functional molecular imaging sensitivity through total body PET​

  • Multi-parametric MRI and MRS  for physiological, functional and morphological characterization of molecular processes​

  • Self-gated IntraGate® PET/MR cardiac PET and MR imaging without ECG or respiration sensors  ​

  • Accurate and precise PET quantification incorporating MR attenuation correction and MR based VOI segmentation​

  • Increased throughput by simultaneous use of measurement time and multi-mouse  PET and MR imaging​

ParaVision 360 and PMOD provide multi-modal data management and total PET data quantification for pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic and multi-parametric tissue information.

Simultaneous 9.4 T FDG PET/MR in mouse brain

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MR morphology and PMOD/PFUS functionality used for precise registration to brain atlas

Courtesy: J. Kim, PhD. Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Indiana University.

The PET Inserts are specifically designed for use with BioSpec MR systems. The PET Inserts are available in two different sizes, designed for use in small or large bore Bruker BioSpec MRI scanners.​

​Both of our PET Inserts are based on the Bruker Si PET imaging platform that is designed for highest sensitivity, Full Field-of View Accuracy without degradation of spatial resolution and quantification accuracy across the entire FOV, highest count rates and full MRI compatibility.​

​Bruker offers a range of PET optimized RF coils, dedicated PET/MR compatible animal beds and a MR based attenuation correction method for accurate PET quantification.

PET Insert Si 198

  • Designed for total body PET of mice and rats​

    • up to 0.7 mm spatial resolution​

    • 12 % sensitivity​

    • 150 x 80 mm FOV​

  • Compatible with BioSpec 30 cm instruments

PET Insert Si 103


Simultaneous 9.4 T FDG PET/MR in mouse brain

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MR morphology and PMOD/PFUS functionality used for precise registration to brain atlas

Courtesy: J. Kim, PhD. Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Indiana University.

Multiparametric Stroke Imaging

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Ischemic MCAO mouse model, 24 h post occlusion / reperfusion

High resolution MR enables precise location of the lesion including the vasogenic edema corresponding to the low FDG uptake at the core of the lesion.

Courtesy: Prof. U. Himmelreich, Dr. W. Gsell, Dr. C. Casteels,
KU Leuven

Metabolic Response in Addiction Model

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FDG PET/MRS was simultaneously performed during cocaine infusion on rats. 1H-MRS provides a dynamic estimate of theconcentration of glutamate and other metabolites during uptake. FDG PET provides a complimentary measure of neuronal activity.

Courtesy: Dr B. de Laart, Dr W. Gsell and Prof U. Himmelreich, KU Leuven

Simultaneous PET/MR in Rat Ischemic Stroke Model

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Novel fibrin-specific molecular probes to detect thrombus maybe useful in disease detection and treatment response. Theycan be tested in stroke models.Simultaneous PET/MR provides perfect anatomical registrationand contrast for the vasculature.Occlusive thrombus in the internal carotid artery (arrowhead)shows high uptake of a fibrin-specific tracer.

Courtesy: Ni. Rotile, Dr. I. Ay, Dr. C. Farrar, Dr. P. Caravan,Institute for Innovation in Imaging and Martinos Center atMassachusetts General Hospital.

Dynamic Brain Imaging in Rats

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C-11 Flumazenil

High performance PET with time frames < 5 s allows fastimaging with short half-life tracers such as 11C-flumazenil.The large FOV makes the vena cava accessible as a surrogateinput function. Time-activity curves can be extracted fromthe brain using built-in atlases in PMOD. Kinetic modelling isused for full quantitation of receptor binding using PKIN.

Courtesy: Dr. W. Gsell, Dr C Cawthorne, Prof. C. Deroose,Prof. U. Himmelreich, KU Leuven

Simultaneous multi-mouse PET/MR uptake study of new tracer

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PET: [18F] amino acid based tracerMRI: TurboRARE 3D @ 4.7T, user-specific 4mouse animal bed

Courtesy: I. Y Zhou et al. Peter Caravan Laboratory. High-Throughput Total Body Dynamic Imaging in a Preclinical PET/MRI 4.7TSystem. The Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH and Harvard Medical School. SNMMI 2020 Poster

IntraGate PET/MR® for self-gated Cardiac PET/MR

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Faster and easier animal preparation.Sharp PET images even in unstable or arrhythmic modelsEnables unique applications where ECG setup is notpossible.

Courtesy: Dr. W. Gsell, Prof. C. Deroose,Prof. U. Himmelreich, KU Leuven


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Bruker’s commitment to provide customers with unparalleled help throughout the buying cycle, from initial inquiry to evaluation, installation, and the lifetime of the instrument is now characterized by the LabScape service concept.

LabScape Maintenance Agreements, On-Site On-Demand and Enhance Your Lab are designed to offer a new approach to maintenance and service for the modern laboratory

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