Clinical: BrainPET

The BrainPET is a PET insert for a 3T MRI scanner that provides simultaneous PET/MR imaging capacity.  The BrainPET is currently under development with the aim of providing a higher PET spatial resolution and sensitivity than commercially available whole-body hybrid systems

Preclinical: NuPET Insert System

Incredibly flexible, the NuPET system can be used in multiple MRIs within a research lab. Completely mobile, the insert can be moved and inserted into various systems as required. This feature enables research groups to share equipment and move NuPET across the lab, down the hall, or to another building. Alternatively, NuPET can also be used as a stand-alone PET imaging system, when simultaneous imaging is not required.

Preclinical: NuPET Bio

Cubresa’s NuPET Bio is the world’s first lightweight and portable preclinical PET scanner, specially designed for use with highly infectious pathogens. The device allows researchers to conduct work on SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses and bacteria, directly in BSL-3 labs without the need for extensive retrofits of the lab space, saving researchers and institutions valuable time and money.

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General Information

Perron JR, McIntosh BJ, Leggett S, Palmer VL, Herrera SL, Armstrong K, Stecina K, Martin M. Multi-modal PET-MR imaging of the selective activation of serotonergic neurons in living rodent brains with DREADD technology. Manitoba Poster Competition, Canadian Student Health Research Forum, August 21, 2020.

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Van Elburg D, Shrestha R, and Goertzen AL. Towards a second-generation PET/MR insert with enhanced timing and count rate performance. Physics in Medicine and Biology. 2019 Mar 12. doi:

PET/MRI evaluation of white matter inflammation in a co-morbid rat model of ischemic stroke and Alzheimer’s disease (and others)

Jonathan Thiessen, Ph.D., Director, PET/MRI Program, Lawson Health Research Institute, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging, Western University.

Matthew S. Fox, Ph.D., Preclinical Imaging Physicist, Lawson Health Research Institute Research Associate, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Western University By helping to advance hybrid PET/MRI and multi-parametric diagnostic imaging tools, we hope to give new insight into the early biomarkers of disease and improve diagnosis and therapy in patients. Projects at a glance: PET/MRI…