I saw a lecture recently at the International Paediatric Radiology conference in London by Sam Gambhir from Stanford stating the ultimate medical imaging tool’s characteristics. I’m shamelessly quoting him here as I thought it was such a good slide.

  • Anatomical information
  • Molecular information
  • Spatial resolution of 100-200 microns
  • Intrinsic molecular signal
  • Multiplexing capacity
  • High sensitivity (pM – nM)
  • High throughput
  • Whole body rapidly scanned
  • Low cost
  • Safe, allowing repeat imaging