1. What is molecular imaging?

Arianna Sala Presenter
Université De Liège
Université De Liège
Liege, Sart-Tilman 
Sunday, Jun 23: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Educational Course - Half Day (4 hours) 
Room: Grand Ballroom 105 


Molecular imaging is becoming increasingly popular in the research community and in clinical settings. In my talk I will first explain the principles of molecular imaging, the approach of tracing different biological processes in the living human brain. Afterwards, I will give an overview of established molecular targets, from perfusion to oxygen and glucose metabolism, pre- and post-synaptic neurotransmission as well as proteinopathies and neuroinflammation. Of note, I will position molecular imaging among other neurophysiological techniques, in terms of spatial, temporal resolution, validity, and reproducibility. I will also point out limitations of molecular imaging. To apply molecular imaging efficiently, knowledge on basics, strengths and limitations of this approach is essential.