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 becoming key tools in understanding disease and in drug development studies for evaluating the effectiveness of new pharmaceuticals and treatments. This work involves the use on animals such as mice and rats.

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 in the same animal. This significantly reduces the time, cost and number of animals needed to perform such studies.