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Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:365812. doi: 10.1155/2014/365812. Epub 2014 Mar 13.

Pushing CT and MR imaging to the molecular level for studying the "omics": current challenges and advancements.

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  • Healthcare Sector, Siemens Limited Taiwan, 2F No. 3, Yuan Qu Street, Nan Gang District, Taipei 11503, Taiwan.

Abstract

During the past decade, medical imaging has made the transition from anatomical imaging to functional and even molecular imaging. Such transition provides a great opportunity to begin the integration of imaging data and various levels of biological data. In particular, the integration of imaging data and multiomics data such as genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, and pharmacogenomics may open new avenues for predictive, preventive, and personalized medicine. However, to promote imaging-omics integration, the practical challenge of imaging techniques should be addressed. In this paper, we describe key challenges in two imaging techniques: computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and then review existing technological advancements. Despite the fact that CT and MRI have different principles of image formation, both imaging techniques can provide high-resolution anatomical images while playing a more and more important role in providing molecular information. Such imaging techniques that enable single modality to image both the detailed anatomy and function of tissues and organs of the body will be beneficial in the imaging-omics field.

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