The Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) is one of the VCU School of Medicine Research Centers.
The Center for Molecular Imaging (CMI) is established to foster and facilitate multidisciplinary molecular imaging and nanotechnology research using advanced imaging technologies. Together, such technologies provide real-time in vivo information, complimented with and validated by ex vivo data and molecular biology analysis on cells and tissue samples including tumors. The overall objective is to study, within the intact physiological and pathophysiological environment, biological pathways and interactions involved in disease progression, such as tumorigenesis and therapeutic interventions.
The CMI mission is to lead and foster interdisciplinary and inter-collaborative molecular and nanotechnology imaging program at the VCU Medical Center. The emphasis is on multimodality approaches to study, biology, biochemistry and pharmacology in vivo. Through these efforts, CMI provides a hub for collaborative research with basic and clinical scientists at VCU and beyond.
Imaging modalities and procedures available within the VCU School of Medicine Center for Molecular Imaging include:
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
- X-ray computed tomography
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Multidisciplinary Molecular Imaging & Nanotechnology Research
Our research program focuses on multidisciplinary molecular imaging and nanotechnology research using novel approaches in chemistries and multi-modality imaging technologies. The center conducts collaborative research with a number of VCU and external investigators, as well as fosters and facilitates clinical translational imaging research.
The center has laboratories for radiochemistry, nano-chemistry and nanotechnology, molecular biology, and multi-modality animal and tissue imaging. Imaging technologies within the center include preclinical positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), computed tomography (CT), optical, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) live imaging systems as well as micro-autoradiography for ex vivo imaging.
Through its close collaboration with the Department of Pathology, the Center for Molecular Imaging has access to facilities such as gene profiling, sequencing, proteomic mass spectrometry and other genomic infrastructure.
The VCU Department of Radiology faculty with the Center for Molecular Imaging.