Dr. Jamal Zweit, Director for the Molecular Imaging Center writes-
About the Center for Molecular Imaging at VCU:
The Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) at VCU conducts multidisciplinary molecular imaging research using non-invasive imaging technologies. The research involves the development of targeted tracers and probes that underpin imaging approaches of Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Multi-Spectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT). The imaging probes are based on small molecules, macromolecules and nanoparticles intrinsically labeled with radionuclides and contrast agents.
The Center supports the research of VCU and Virginia-wide PIs in research projects spanning applications in oncology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and other disciplines. Examples of current collaborative projects include imaging of: i) cancer immunotherapy, ii) platinum anti-cancer drugs, iii) aerosol drug delivery, iv) radiolabeled nanoparticles and v) imaging cell-based delivery in traumatic brain injury.