Molecular Small Animal Imaging Centre (MoSAIC)
http://gbiomed.kuleuven.be/english/BSG/mosaic
Core Data
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Leuven
Location
Herestraat 49, MoSAIC Facility, Leuven, PO: 3000, Vlaams-Brabant (Belgium)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Belgium
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 2007
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Molecular Small Animal Imaging Center (MoSAIC) is a core facility of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). It combines all major in vivo imaging modalities for pre-clinical research (Magnetic Resonance, Positron Emission Tomography, Ultrasound, optical imaging (bioluminescence, fluorescence, intravital microscopy, OCT) and computed tomography). Supporting infrastructure is available in the biosafety laboratory space. Close links to the Department of Imaging and Pathology exist that allow rapid translation of pre-clinical findings. Research is performed in all field of biomedical sciences (for example neurology, cardiology, oncology, infectious diseases, endocrinology etc.). The core facility MoSAIC is also linked to the Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC) at KULeuven, which is a collaborative project of the faculties of Medicine and Engineering focussing on image processing. The molecular imaging program includes research on the development of novel tracers, contrast agents and imaging reporters.The interdisciplinary team for this project consists of 9 professors (3 radiology/biomedical MRI, 2 Nuclear Medicine, 1 Endocrinology, 1 radiation therapy, 1 MIRC, 1 radiopharmacy), 2 post-docs/research experts MoSAIC, 7 PhD students and 2 technicians (core facility MoSAIC).

RI Keywords
Fluorescence, Molecular imaging, Contrast agents, Computed tomography, In vivo, Image processing and analysis, Translational research, Positron emission tomography, Tracers, Pre-clinical research, Magnetic Resonance, Bioluminescence, Ultrasound
Classifications
RI Category
Biomedical Imaging Facilities
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Services
In vivo imaging

In vivo imaging in pre-clinical research.

Equipment
MRI

9.4T Bruker Biospin.

Optical Imaging

IVIS 100, IVIS Spectrum, Intravital Microscopy, OCT.

Support

Surgery, cell culture, behavior test, housing, autoradiography.

Radiotherapy

PENTAK.

PET

Focus PET camera.

PET-MRI

Simultaneous micro PET-MR imaging

Ultra-Sound

2 VisualSonics US systems.

Additional Data
Collaborations
Networks
EuroBioimaging