Optical Imaging

Authored by: Matthew A. Lewis

Handbook of Small Animal Imaging

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466555686
eBook ISBN: 9781466555693
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Imaging with nonionizing photons in the visible and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum is a firmly established method in preclinical imaging. While some imaging and tomographic techniques in the near-infrared have been translated from mouse to humans, preclinical optical imaging has also produced some extremely useful modalities with little or no potential for clinical translation. The advantages of optical imaging include excellent sensitivity, good contrast, lower cost, and the use of nonionizing radiation. In general, however, optical imaging suffers from poor resolution, even in comparison with other high-sensitivity modalities in nuclear medicine imaging.

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