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Opt Lett. 2010 Dec 1;35(23):3889-91. doi: 10.1364/OL.35.003889.

On the potential for molecular imaging with Cerenkov luminescence.

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  • 1Advanced Radiological Sciences, Department of Radiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75390-9058, USA.


Recent observation of optical luminescence due to beta decay from suitable radiotracers has led to the possible development of new preclinical optical imaging methods. The generation of photons that can be detected using instrumentation optimized for bioluminescence imaging has been putatively associated with the Cerenkov effect. We describe the simultaneous utilization of fluorescence reporters to convert Cerenkov luminescence to longer wavelengths for better tissue penetration and also for modulating the luminescence spectrum for potential molecular imaging strategies.

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