Medical Imaging

RMD performs extensive research that benefits the medical imaging equipment market. This market consists of systems such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Computed Tomography (CT). Next generation systems require higher energy and timing resolution and higher count-rate performance. These improvements will result in better images, improved background reduction, and potentially lower patient radiation dose. Our research also shows great promise for medical radiology applications such as mammography, general snap-shot radiography, and high frame-rate fluoroscopy.

Small Animal Medical Research

RMD’s detectors can be used in the emerging market for nuclear imaging systems for small animal medical research. These systems are key tools in understanding disease and in drug development studies for evaluating the effectiveness of new pharmaceuticals and treatments.

Imaging small animals requires exceptionally high spatial resolution to clearly view small structures and accurately identify tumors and other lesions. Additionally, to minimize the stress placed on animals during imaging, the sensitivity of the detector must be very high to minimize scan time. The advantage of the techniques is that the same animal can be tested numerous times so that the evolution of the disease or the progress of cure can be studied.