The 700 MHz wide-bore microimaging system is capable of providing
exquisitely detailed images of intact biological specimens, for example
the mouse brain in studies of neuroscience and neurodiseases.
The rapidly evolving fields of molecular imaging and imaging neuroscience
have played a pivotal role in facilitating neuroscience research.
The emergence of the QBI and the Eskitis Institute and the associated
expansion of brain research in Queensland has stimulated the need
for imaging technologies to provide the highest possible spatial resolution
in humans, and in animal models such as the transgenic mouse. Access
to the 700 MHz high-field microimaging system is vital for the successful
development of brain research programs at the institutes such as the
QBI, as well as offering new technology not currently available to
other biomedical research programs in Queensland.
For example, the system also facilitates studies based at QUT investigating
the structure and hydrodynamics of biotissues such as cartilage, bone
and the eye lens aimed at understanding the process of diseases and
conditions of ageing such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and presbyopia
with a view to improving diagnosis and treatment.