WEBINAR: Introducing the SuperArgus PET/CT Systems; a best in class imaging system with state of the art technology for preclinical imaging in small and medium sized animals

This free webinar hosted by Scintica Instrumentation introduced the SuperArgus PET/CT systems from Sedecal. Join Tonya Coulthard as she discussed  features and benefits of these systems, focusing on some of the basic capabilities of the system, as well as some of the unique imaging capabilities possible due to the state of the art electronics.

These systems are ideally suited for pre-clinical imaging of small animals such as mice and rats, all the way up to medium sized animals such as rabbits, non-human primates and other similarly sized animals. Some of the unique imaging capabilities include real-time imaging of awake animals, as well as multiplexed PET imaging of standard and non-standard isotopes. Key research applications and example images will also be reviewed.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is the gold standard in metabolic imaging, providing high sensitivity to specific radiotracer used to detect specific metabolic activity or biomarkers in vivo. The most common uses for PET imaging in pre-clinical research include oncology, neurobiology, cardiology, as well as dynamic imaging.

These systems are considered to be best in class imaging system with state of the art detectors and electronics. The systems have been designed to be self-shielded, requiring no additional shielding at the location selected for installation. The systems come in a three different bore sizes allowing for imaging of animals such as mice all the way up to rabbits and even non-human primates. The CT component of these systems has been optimized for reduced radiation exposure, rapid acquisition times, and high resolution images; all ideal for the longitudinal studies so commonly performed in pre-clinical research.

The SuperArgus system is uniquely designed to provide consistent resolution across the entire field of view, while maintaining sensitivity and system performance. Reconstruction algorithms have also been implemented to rapidly process and display the acquired images. The system performs very well for standard imaging applications such as oncology, cardiology, etc. Additionally, the system has some unique features which allow for some unique imaging capabilities such as real-time awake animal imaging, self-gated cardiac imaging, as well as multiplex imaging of standard and non-standard isotopes.

Topics discussed in this webinar included:

  • Overview of Pre-Clinical PET
  • Introduction to the SuperArgus Systems
  • Review of Key Applications including
    • Oncology
    • Neurology
    • Cardiology
    • Dynamic Imaging
  • An overview of what makes the Sedecal systems unique
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About the Speaker (s)

Tonya Coulthard, MSc

Manager, Imaging Division 

Scintica, London, Ontario

Tonya Coulthard holds an MSc from the University of British Columbia in Experimental Medicine. Throughout her academic training she focused on a variety of diseases ranging from prion to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. In her professional career she has worked with several imaging and medical device companies; in these roles she has interacted with researchers around the world covering a very diverse range of research applications. In her present role at Scintica Instrumentation Tonya manages our Imaging Division; in this role she works in supporting our customers in understanding the products offered and how these instruments help to meet their research needs.