Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging

In Vivo Imaging of Inflammation and Infection 2019

Publishing date
01 Oct 2019
Submission deadline
24 May 2019

Lead Editor

1University of Turku, Turku, Finland

2Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

3Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany

4VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

In Vivo Imaging of Inflammation and Infection 2019


Inflammation is a significant component of several chronic diseases involving the cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. Timely identification and localization of inflammatory foci are critical for adequate treatment of patients. Conventional imaging techniques (computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound) may detect such pathology but mainly rely on anatomical changes and are not fully capable of discriminating active inflammatory pathology from the anatomical changes resulting from prior successful therapy or surgery. In addition, inflammatory foci cannot be detected in the early phase of development because of the lack of substantial anatomical changes at this time.

Nuclear imaging with radiotracers that accumulate at the site of inflammation has become an established tool in the evaluation of several inflammatory and infectious conditions. They can reveal molecular and cellular changes and provide sensitive detection of even small inflammatory and/or infectious foci at an early stage of disease.

This special issue would focus on the recent advances of different techniques used for imaging of inflammation and infection; provide an outline and examples of their clinical use in evaluation of inflammatory/infectious conditions; and discuss some of the emerging techniques that are currently being developed for imaging of inflammation/infection. This issue accepts original research articles as well as review articles. It will provide a multidisciplinary forum that will discuss pros and cons of established methods and probes in different clinical applications and show new developments in this area.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Methods for imaging of inflammation and infection
    • Nuclear imaging
    • Computed tomography
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Ultrasound
    • Multimodal and hybrid imaging (PET/MRI; SPECT/MRI)
  • Clinical conditions for imaging of inflammation and infection
    • Suspected systemic and local infections
    • Vasculitis
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Inflammatory bowel diseases
    • Arthritis
    • Other applications
  • Emerging protocols for imaging of inflammation and infection
    • New imaging probes (chemistry and preclinical studies)


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2020
  • - Article ID 6824583
  • - Editorial

In Vivo Imaging of Inflammation and Infection 2019

Anne Roivainen | Xiang-Guo Li | ... | Conny J. van der Laken
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3149249
  • - Research Article

Radiolabeled Cationic Peptides for Targeted Imaging of Infection

Tolulope A. Aweda | Zumrut F. B. Muftuler | ... | Suzanne E. Lapi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9157637
  • - Clinical Study

The Clinical Impact of Using 18F-FDG-PET/CT in the Diagnosis of Suspected Vasculitis: The Effect of Dose and Timing of Glucocorticoid Treatment

Kirsi Taimen | Soile P. Salomäki | ... | Jukka Kemppainen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3018349
  • - Review Article

Diagnostic Performance of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases according to Published Meta-Analyses

Giorgio Treglia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 7417192
  • - Review Article

Neutrophil Elastase Activity Imaging: Recent Approaches in the Design and Applications of Activity-Based Probes and Substrate-Based Probes

Natacha Jugniot | Pierre Voisin | ... | Philippe Mellet
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3568067
  • - Review Article

Renal Allograft Rejection: Noninvasive Ultrasound- and MRI-Based Diagnostics

Ulrich Jehn | Katharina Schuette-Nuetgen | ... | Stefan Reuter
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2353658
  • - Research Article

Comparative Evaluation of 68Ga-Citrate PET/CT and 18F-FDG PET/CT in the Diagnosis of Type II Collagen-Induced Arthritis in Rats

Zi Wang | Liang Cai | ... | Yue Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 1767620
  • - Research Article

Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MR with Quantitative Perfusion Analysis of Small Bowel in Vascular Assessment between Inflammatory and Fibrotic Lesions in Crohnʼs Disease: A Feasibility Study

Davide Ippolito | Sophie Lombardi | ... | Sandro Sironi
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