The Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging is a research resource funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).
The overall objective of the Center is to develop new gamma-ray imaging instruments with dramatically improved spatial and temporal resolution and to make them available to a wide community of biomedical and clinical researchers. The collaborative research supported by the Center will apply these new imaging tools to basic research in functional genomics, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive neuroscience and to research in breast cancer and surgical tumor detection. In addition, the Center will make contributions to the emerging science of image quality assessment.
Several of the imaging systems being developed here are used with small animals, and the Center is dedicated to humane treatment of animals. All studies are approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and all are overseen by a licensed veterinarian employed by the Center. Moreover, successful accomplishment of the Center's goals will greatly reduce the use of animals in biomedical research since noninvasive imaging procedures will often be substituted for procedures requiring the sacrifice of the animals.