Imaging in oncology
This team is attached to the BIOMAPS Unit.
All modalities of modern medical imaging are available for patients on a daily basis (Ultrasound, CT, MRI, and PET). The specific information derived from each of these is often complementary to that derived from the others. As a result, a multimodality approach is inescapable. To make major diagnostic progress in oncology today, as is generally the case in medicine, one looks less to technical advances in spatial resolution of imaging systems (anatomy) and more to functional study of the tissues. This latter depends on temporal resolution and dynamic studies; characterisation of physical phenomena; and molecular, metabolic or cellular targeting.
In this context, the «Multimodality Imaging in Oncology» group, which comprises doctors, researchers and engineers, conducts programmes of research of translational type with a dual objective:
- To develop the tools of multimodality imaging against a background of instrumentation, strongly related to engineering.
- To develop an understanding of the tumour microenvironment and the means to characterise it by imaging via an approach which integrates biology with imaging.