Molecular imaging—its current role in cancer

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Medical imaging has undergone extensive growth over the last few decades and now plays a central role in clinical oncology. The future of imaging in the management of oncology patients is molecularly targeted imaging agents. Molecular imaging differs from conventional anatomical imaging in that imaging probes are utilized to visualize target molecules-of-interest. It is envisioned that molecular imaging will have a major impact on oncology and personalized medicine by allowing earlier diagnosis, assessing early response to treatment and by predicting treatment response. It will, hopefully, also have an impact on drug development by streamlining preclinical and clinical tests for new drug candidates.

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