Session CT 4.4
New materials for medical imaging.
Materials for medical imaging, nanomaterials, biomaterials, magnetite nanoparticles, paramagnetic contrast agents, MRI, endofullerenes
KN: Marc-André FORTIN (Hôpital Saint-François d'Assise, Univ. Laval, CA)
IL1: Delphine FELDER (IPCMS, Strasbourg, FR)
IL2: Luisa DE COLA (ISIS, UNISTRA, Strasbourg, FR)
IL3: Gian Carlo PASCALI (Ansto, Sydney, AU)
Improvement in medical applications is expected to be of major benefit to society within the next years, especially for patients suffering from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, inflammatory or infectious diseases. The development of new imaging tools that refers to a broad class of technologies used to look inside of the body in order to diagnose various pathologies is a challenging task to obtain more reliable and early diagnosis. These technologies using ultrasonic, magnetic or electromagnetic waves are becoming routine procedures in hospitals. Development of new materials for the improvement of such techniques and emergence of original contract agents are of the utmost importance in diagnostic imaging as they can greatly increase the sensitivity of an imaging technique allowing for the diagnosis of previously undetectable pathologies.