Added value from imaging - PET/MRI development platform for health- and well-being technology, Investment
The project is implemented by University of Eastern Finland.
Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo
Aim of the project is to further strengthen the field of biomedical imaging which is one of the key expertise areas in the Kuopio region. Multimodal imaging is one of the most rapidly developing areas in in vivo imaging. Both National center for experimental MRI and one of the three medical cyclotrons used to produce PET-tracers are located in Kuopio. Thus, the aim is to take full advantage of this nationally unique combination by starting pre-clinical PET/MRI in Kuopio – first time in Finland. This will strengthen biomedical imaging in the area and make Eastern-Finland more attractive for companies in the field of health and well-being technology. MRI and PET have complementary strengths and by combining them into the same instrument one can obtain the excellent spatial resolution and soft tissue contrast (strengths of MRI) with high sensitivity required in metabolic and receptor imaging (strength of PET). Another aim is to improve communication and collaboration within the imaging ecosystem between public (universities, research institutions) and commercial (companies) sectors and to spread information about biomedical in vivo imaging.
In the investment part of the project a new preclinical PET/MRI system is acquired. The new imaging system will be located in the Biomedical Imaging Unit of A.I.Virtanen Institute which has more than 20-years experience in preclinical in vivo imaging in collaboration with other research institutions and companies.
In the development part of the project the following actions will be taken.
1. Implementation and testing of basic PET/MRI methodology.
2. Integration of PET/MRI as a part of the research services provided by the Biomedical Imaging Unit in collaboration with Kuopio University Hospital. This will facilitate the wide use of the new PET/MRI system both for companies and for public sector.
3. Testing methodology and practices in two pilot projects, which are planned together with companies.
4. Strengthen collaboration between different actors in imaging community. Spread information about pre-clinical imaging.
This project will establish a new pre-clinical imaging modality, PET/MRI, that is currently not available anywhere in Finland. This will strengthen the Kuopio Health -ecosystem and will guarantee that pre-clinical imaging remains nationally unique and internationally competitive expertise area in the area of Eastern Finland. The new imaging modality will be available for the large user community through the service concept developed in the Biomedical Imaging Unit, and it will boost the competence and increase the attractiveness of this area for companies in the health and well-being sector. The pilot projects will demonstrate the new imaging possibilities to companies. All results will be public and the methods developed during the project will serve the imaging users in the future projects. The results from these pilot projects will be used to form the material used in training and education in the field of biomedical imaging. The material will be distributed on-line and in a seminar that will be organized at the end of the project in order to maximize the exposure of the results of this project to both local and national imaging community.
Group members - UEF
Kimmo Jokivarsi Project Researcher , Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences