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Bruker introduces two new preclinical imaging systems

Bruker has introduced two new preclinical imaging systems at the World Molecular Imaging Congress 2016 in New York, US.

The company unveiled SkyScan 1276 X-ray micro-computed tomography (microCT) system and Silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) PET insert for simultaneous PET/MRI at the event.

SkyScan 1276 microCT will be used for in vivo scanning of small laboratory animals and of in vitro biological samples in preclinical studies.

The new system provides variable magnification, including a smallest pixel size of 2.8µm and shortest scanning cycle of 3.9 seconds.

SkyScan 1276 features InstaRecon technology to reconstruct images up to 8000×8000 pixels per slice. It is claimed to be the world’s first in vivo microCT system with rapid helical scanning.

The company has also unveiled SiPM PET insert for simultaneous PET/MRI, which can be used for investigations in mice and rats.

Compatible with MRI systems up to 15.2 Tesla, the new PET insert enables simultaneous measurements for the perfect correlation of PET and MRI data in space and time, helping to examine tracer kinetics, therapeutic agent distribution and animal physiology.

It has been installed in a 7 Tesla 30cm magnet in a Bruker preclinical MRI system at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Bruker’s preclinical imaging division president Dr Wulf Jung said: “We are delighted to showcase our latest innovations here at the World Molecular Imaging Congress 2016.

“With the introduction of the performance-leading SkyScan 1276 microCT system, and the successful customer trial of the novel simultaneous SiPM PET insert at the University of Leuven, Bruker continues to drive innovation in preclinical imaging that enables our customers to advance their translational research.”


Image: Bruker’s new SkyScan 1276 microCT system. Photo: courtesy of Bruker.