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UTHSC is first in Texas to acquire new animal imaging system

February 2004

SPECT/CT instrument
Department of radiology faculty are excited about the newly acquired SPECT/CT instrument.
A newly acquired $410,000 SPECT/CT machine at the Health Science Center is just the fifth of its kind worldwide for obtaining super-high-resolution images of disease processes in rodents and other small animals, faculty researchers said. It is the first such instrument in the state of Texas.

The SPECT/CT machine enables investigators to examine both the function and anatomy of biological systems. This is accomplished through physiologic single photon tomographic imaging (SPECT) and CT scanning.

The National Institutes of Health is putting strong emphasis on small animal imaging, said Gerald D. Dodd III, M.D., professor and chairman of radiology at the Health Science Center. "Tools such as the one acquired by the department of radiology are enhancing studies of mouse models of disease, including cancer," he said.

The Health Science Center is the third academic health institution to acquire a SPECT/CT machine from manufacturer Gamma Medica of Northridge, Calif. The others are the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


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