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Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2008 Aug;233(8):930-40. doi: 10.3181/0709-MR-234. Epub 2008 May 14.

Imaging stem cell implant for cellular-based therapies.

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Department of Radiology, National Center for Regenerative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA.


Stem cell-based cellular therapy represents a promising outlook for regenerative medicine. Imaging techniques provide a means for noninvasive, repeated, and quantitative tracking of stem cell implant or transplant. From initial deposition to the survival, migration and differentiation of the transplant/implanted stem cells, imaging allows monitoring of the infused cells in the same live object over time. The current review briefly summarizes and compares existing imaging methods for cell labeling and imaging in animal models. Several studies performed by our group using different imaging techniques are described, with further discussion on the issues with these current imaging approaches and potential directions for future development in stem cell imaging.

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