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Disease Markers
Volume 18 (2002), Issue 5-6, Pages 365-374

Animal Models for imaging

Barbara Y. Croft

Biomedical Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD 20852, USA

Received 17 November 2003; Accepted 17 November 2003

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Animal models can be used in the study of disease. This chapter discusses imaging animal models to elucidate the process of human disease. The mouse is used as the primary model. Though this choice simplifies many research choices, it necessitates compromises for in vivo imaging. In the future, we can expect improvements in both animal models and imaging techniques.