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Hybrid Technologies for Molecular and Therapeutic Imaging

Call for Papers

Multimodal or hybrid imaging systems are integrated platforms used in research or clinical routine. They integrate the strengths of two or more imaging modalities and, at the same time, eliminate one or more weaknesses of the individual modalities. Molecular imaging aims to exploit and integrate imaging techniques for the evaluation of specific molecular processes at the cellular and subcellular levels in living organisms. Another major application of molecular imaging concerns the spatial tracking and the characterization of pharmacokinetics of multifunctional nanoparticles designed for imaging contrast, drug delivery, or mediated thermal therapy. Medical imaging serves primarily to diagnose disease or injury, but imaging techniques are increasingly used to guide various local therapies with the purpose of reducing the side effects and risks of complications. Sophisticated technologies are emerging to deliver accurate treatments under real-time control in complex anatomic environment and/or moving targets.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will provide state-of-the-art insights into multimodality molecular and therapeutic imaging, with a principal focus on technological developments and hybrid instrumentation.

The special issue will be of interest to biomedical engineering research scientists and medical physicists, as well as physicians involved in translational and clinical research.

We are particularly interested in experimental studies that involve the integration of multiple imaging modalities or the use of simultaneous acquisition in situ of hybrid data, aiming to obtain synergistic information. Topics may address original developments on fundamental research or clinical studies, as well as reviews of the literature. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biophysical/ biochemical interactions
  • Therapeutic effects of ionizing or nonionizing physical agents
  • Progresses in sensors, detectors, electronic instrumentation, and numerical algorithms for improved sensitivity and/or resolution
  • Image-based validation of new technologies for synthesizing nanoscale vectors for local drug delivery, applied to early diagnosis and improved assessment of therapy
  • Novel instrumentation for interventional radiology
  • Integrated systems, new treatment strategies, and automatic control for image-guided therapy, employing multimodal imaging and a physical therapeutic agent (ionizing or nonionizing radiation, e.g., MR-guided external beam radiation therapy, MR-guided focused ultrasound)
  • Data analysis tools for multimodal imaging to improve patient management in clinical practice

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/radiology/hybrid/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 25 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 18 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 12 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Rares Salomir, Department of Radiology, University of Geneva and University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Guest Editors

  • Michael Bock, Department of Medical Physics, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • Rajiv Chopra, Department of Radiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA
  • Xavier Montet, Department of Radiology, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland