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Molecular Imaging

Molecular Imaging

What is Molecular Imaging?

Molecular imaging provides detailed pictures of what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular levels. Molecular imaging procedures are minimally-invasive and target distinct molecular pathways.

Other diagnostic imaging procedures – such as x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds – offer pictures of a physical structure, but molecular imaging allows doctors to see the pathways and mechanisms as they are occurring in a living organism. They can then assess how the body is functioning, identify if a disease is present and measure chemical and biological processes.

Molecular imaging can help doctors determine (and determine sooner):

  • The extent or severity of a disease (including whether it has spread),
  • The most effective personalized treatments based on a patient’s unique genetics (also known as precision medicine or precision oncology),
  • A patient’s expected response to a specific drug,
  • How to adapt treatment plans in response to changes in cellular activity, and;
  • Disease progression to identify recurrence or help manage ongoing care.

Support Breakthroughs in Molecular Imaging Cancer Research and Beyond.

Researchers Working On Molecular Imaging

James P. Basilion, Ph.D.
James P. Basilion, Ph.D.
Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.

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