Philips' project develops hybrid PET/MR

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The European Union funded-HYPERImage research project has created hybrid PET/MR technology, according to a presentation at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, this week in Orlando, Fla.

The technology features simultaneous acquisition of time-of-flight PET and MR images, according to Philips Healthcare, leader of the project.

A hybrid PET/MR scanner could simultaneously deliver anatomical and functional information from an MR system along with molecular imaging information provided by PET.

The project has a total budget of around EUR7 million ($10.35 million U.S.), according to the participants. The HYPERImage consortium comprises three universities (King's College London, UK; Universität Heidelberg, Germany; and Universiteit Ghent - Institute for Broadband Technology, Belgium), three research foundations (Fundación Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, Spain; Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy; and The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands), a university medical center (Uniklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany) and the industrial partner (Philips).