Early research offers glimpse of future imaging

Novel imaging techniques being developed by researchers around the world are poised to make their impact. From stroke imaging to holographic imaging, we’ve been keeping our eye on the early research findings using these new techniques.

They may still be years away from wider clinical use, but here’s a sample of what the future of imaging may look like:

MR elastography—University of California, San Diego researchers are assessing the effectiveness of 3D magnetic resonance elastography in identifying and diagnosing advanced liver fibrosis. This specialized MRI process has been tested in a sample of 100 patients, and found to over improved assessment of spatial patterns than the 2D version of the technology.

Holotomography—Viewing living cells? In 3D? Without staining? Check, check and check. Holotomography uses laser illumination to create a 3D refractive index map of the chemical and structural characteristics of cells.

Hyperpolarized MRI—For when MRI signals need to be turned way up, researchers at Duke University are developing a molecular tag to enhance signals by up to 10,000 times what they would be in an ordinary magnetic field.

Enzyme imaging for stroke—During an ischemic stroke, an enzyme called gelatinase becomes overactive, causing damage to the brain. Researchers at the University of Missouri are using contrast agents designed to track gelatinase activity in order to further efforts to improve stroke treatment.

Stay tuned as these developments and more make their way to clinical practice.

-Evan Godt            
Editorial Director