Gordon Lecture: Broadband Photon Tomography

06/28/2019


Prof. Frederik J. Beekman Ph.D. heads the section Radiation, Detection & Medical Imaging at TU Delft University. He co-authored over 150 journal papers and is the inventor on 31 patents. His research interests includes biomedical imaging science, AI and image guided radio(-nuclide) therapy.  He is an associate editor of several journals and founder and CEO/CSO of MILabs (www.milabs.com) that develops and markets high performance biomedical imaging systems.
Below is a summary of his presentation

High Performance Integrated 4x4D PET, SPECT, Optical & X-ray Tomography

In preclinical research scientists have dreamed about a 3D magnifying glass that would allow us to e.g. see various cell functions and structures in a dynamic 4D single scan, and map integrated detailed dynamics of e.g. contrast agents, tracers, pharmaceuticals, receptors and indicators of therapy response in tumours. To meet these and many other imaging needs Dr. Beekman and his lab developed the user friendly fully integrated VECTor-6 imaging platform (WMIC innovation of the Year 2018) comprising:In preclinical research scientists have dreamed about a 3D magnifying glass that would allow us to e.g. see various cell functions and structures in a dynamic 4D single scan, and map integrated detailed dynamics of e.g. contrast agents, tracers, pharmaceuticals, receptors and indicators of therapy response in tumours. To meet these and many other imaging needs Dr. Beekman and his lab developed the user friendly fully integrated VECTor-6 imaging platform (WMIC innovation of the Year 2018) comprising:

A) down to ~0.1 mm SPECT & 0.55 mm PET resolution, with positron-range free PET for otherwise “difficult isotopes” like 124I, 76Br, 86Y, and 82Rb.  B) concurrent sub-mm multi-tracer PET & PET-SPECT  C) sub-second dynamic PET & SPECT  D) sub-mm resolution imaging of α & β-emitting pharmaceuticals,  E)  ultra-high performance low dose X-ray CT and  F) optical tomography (Cherenkov, Fluorescence & Bioluminescence)

In this presentation this highly adaptive and versatile nuclear, optical and structural imaging platform was explained along with many scientific applications contributed by hundreds of worldwide users. Finally, the results of translating their nuclear imaging technologies into <3 mm resolution clinical SPECT (G-SPECT, WMIS Innovation of the Year 2015) was presented.

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