Advances in Molecular Imaging

  • Nagara Tamaki
  • Yuji Kuge
Conference paper


Molecular imaging is a rapidly growing biomedical research and clinical discipline. It aims to visualize and measure fundamental biological processes at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. Molecular imaging promises not only to deepen our understanding of already-known biological processes but also to uncover still-unknown molecular and cellular events that are at the center of the initiation and evolution of disease. Compared with traditional in vitro tissue/cell culture and/or ex vivo animal studies, molecular imaging permits the noninvasive and repetitive imaging of targeted biological processes at both cellular and subcellular levels within living organs. Therefore, this offers a means for the specific targeting of abnormal biological processes for diagnosis and treatment.


Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Molecular Imaging Multimodal Imaging Radionuclide Imaging Fundamental Biological Process 
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© Springer 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nagara Tamaki
    • 1
  • Yuji Kuge
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineHokkaido University Graduate School of MedicineSapporoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Tracer Kinetics and BioanalysisHokkaido University Graduate School of MedicineSapporoJapan

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