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Molecular Imaging Home

A molecular biology imaging and microscopy portal.

Molecular imaging is under the discipline of molecular biology and in vivo imaging. Cellular function and the follow-up of molecular processess in living cells can be visualized using different molecular imaging techniques without damaging the cells. Molecular imaging has also allowed for diagnosis and research of diseases such as cancers and cardivascular disease to name a few.
Traditional imaging differs from molecular imaging as the later uses probes such as biomakers to help image particular pathways or targets. These biomarkers chemically interact with their environment in turn alter the image according to molecular changes occurring within the area of interest. This is different from traditional imaging where it primarily imaged difference in qualities such as water content or density. Thus molecular imaging allows for imaging of fine molecular changes therefore increasing the number of exciting possibilities for medical research and application.

MALDI molecular imaging based on mass spectrometry


Molecular Imaging has recently been applied to a variety of microscopy and nanoscopy techniques including live-cell microscopy, Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF)-microscopy, Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED)-nanoscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).

Noninvasive Molecular Imaging


Different modalities can be used for noninvasive molecular imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging
Optical imaging
Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
Positron emission tomography (PET)

At Molecular Station Molecular Imaging Home you will find information and links on:

Molecular Imaging Protocols and Information

Confocal Microscopy Protocols and Information

 

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