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Physics Department Colloquium, "Development of Biological Imaging Techniques using Neutron Radiography," by Blake Currier, UMASS Lowell, graduate student

Science / Technology - Colloquium

Monday, March 25, 2013
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Olin Hall
107

With an estimated 10 to 12 million nuclear medicine imaging procedures performed in the United States on an annual basis there is an ever present need for new internal diagnostic techniques that provide functional images. In modern medicine, PET and SPECT are the diagnostic methods able to perform all types of functional imaging. These procedures require radioactive dyes that are created using expensive accelerators or high purity uranium facilities not located within the United States. Industrial neutron radiography is an established imaging modality in the aerospace and automotive industries and could provide functional anatomical information different from any established technique. Previously, the ability to use neutron imaging as a non-invasive imaging method has been limited by two challenges: difficulty in detecting subtle differences in tissue to tissue variations, and achieving high image contrast. This research will address both challenges and focus on experimentally demonstrating the feasibility of biological neutron imaging for bulk biological samples (>100m) combined with established boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) techniques and optimizing the methods toward functional imaging in mouse models.

Refreshments will be served in Olin Hall 118 at 3:30 P.M.

Cost: Free

Suggested Audiences: College

E-mail: physics@wpi.edu
Phone: 508-831-5258

Last Modified: March 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

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