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Special Section on Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside Special Section on Optical Diagnostic Imaging from Bench to Bedside: Molecular Imaging

Imaging Probe Development Center: a National Institutes of Health core synthesis resource for imaging probes

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Zhen-Dan Shi, Haitao Wu, Brian Ruddy, Gary L. Griffiths

National Institutes of Health, Imaging Probe Development Center, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 9800 Medical Center Drive, Building 2B, Suite 3042, Bethesda, Maryland 20892

J. Biomed. Opt. 12(5), 051502 (September 12, 2007). doi:10.1117/1.2778702
History: Received January 18, 2007; Accepted April 09, 2007; Published September 12, 2007
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The Imaging Probe Development Center (IPDC) has been set up under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap as part of the molecular libraries and imaging initiatives. It comprises a core synthesis facility dedicated to the preparation of imaging probes, initially for intramural NIH scientists, and later, for the extramural scientific community. The facility opened fully in late 2006, in refurbished laboratories in Rockville, Maryland, and a staff of around a dozen was recruited into place by early 2007; the director was hired in late 2005. The IPDC provides a mechanism for the production of sensitive probes for use by imaging scientists who cannot obtain such probes commercially. The probes to be made will encompass all major imaging modalities including radionuclide, magnetic resonance, and optical. The operation of the IPDC is outlined, together with the results of interim achievements while the IPDC maintained a small temporary laboratory in Bethesda. As of December 2006, a total of eleven probe compositions had been made, and several of these are described with particular mention of those probes intended for use in optical applications.

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Zhen-Dan Shi ; Haitao Wu ; Brian Ruddy and Gary L. Griffiths
"Imaging Probe Development Center: a National Institutes of Health core synthesis resource for imaging probes", J. Biomed. Opt. 12(5), 051502 (September 12, 2007). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2778702


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