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Molecular Small Animal Imaging Centre (MoSAIC)
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
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
Translational research, In vivo, Computed tomography, Pre-clinical research, Magnetic Resonance, Tracers, Contrast agents, Positron emission tomography, Image processing and analysis, Bioluminescence, Ultrasound, Fluorescence, Molecular imaging
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.

Ultra-Sound

2 VisualSonics US systems.

Support

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

Radiotherapy

PENTAK.

PET-MRI

Simultaneous micro PET-MR imaging

Optical Imaging

IVIS 100, IVIS Spectrum, Intravital Microscopy, OCT.

PET

Focus PET camera.

Collaborations
Networks
EuroBioimaging
Date of last update: 09/07/2019
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