The University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), Philadelphia, PA, has completed installation of its second MILabs preclinical imaging system, a scalable U-CTUHR microCT system in the lab of Prof. Joel Karp in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Karp oversees the PET Imaging scanners in radiology that supports both clinical and research studies, and also directs operations of the Nuclear Medicine (PET/SPECT/CT) Core Facility in the Perelman School of Medicine Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF).
The new MILabs U-CTUHR system features low-dose, fast scanning at ultra-high spatial resolution. It will be used to complement SAIF ‘s functional PET and SPECT data with high-resolution anatomical localization and region-of-interest delineation.
The system features unique Adaptive X-ray CT technology, designed to handle a broad range of in-vivo imaging applications and animal sizes. It is the only microCT system with a sufficiently large bore size and long axial scan range to enable imaging of entire mice, rats and rabbits.
Under direction of Professor Karp, the nuclear medicine sub-core of the SAIF combines state-of-the-art instrumentation including PET, SPECT and CT and together with Dr. Scott Metzler will assist investigators with a wide range of imaging-based experimental approaches.