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Closing In On Cancer With Magnetic Particle Imaging

Rats and mice get a lot of bad press, but for Steve Conolly, a professor of bioengineering and of electrical engineering and computer sciences, the furry creatures have been stalwart pioneers in the development of a spectacular new medical research technology called magnetic particle imaging (MPI).

Conolly, working with colleagues, postdocs, and students in his lab, has devised groundbreaking imaging systems that use strong magnetic fields to light up targeted diseases anywhere in the body. MPI is extremely sensitive and quickly generates bright, high-contrast images, in many ways outperforming established methods such as computed tomography (CT), nuclear imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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