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Ghent University Spin-off Creates Small-animal Scanners

Ghent University Spin-off Creates Small-animal Scanners
Friday, 14 September 2018

The spin-off from Ghent University, MOLECUBES, focuses on building imaging ‘cubes’ to help researchers carry out high-performance SPECT/CT and PET/CT studies on small animals in limited lab space. Their goal is to provide “excellent image quality, functional design, intuitive software, high-throughput workflow and unmatched service commitments” [1].

The team itself is made up of university members who have been end-users of such equipment and are, therefore, able to understand the needs of researchers that will use the product [1].  The combination of resolution and sensitivity with the size and weight limitations is the biggest challenge the team currently faces. The solution they have come up with is to offer different cubes of different dimensions. However, one thing all the cubes all have in common is that they are all lightweight and compact while offering top-quality imaging. [2]

The uses of these cubes in research can make a big difference when, for example, studying something like the lung tumours in mice and are being installed in various Universities and Institutes [2]. With the development of this technology, researchers will be able to work more efficiently with less space.