Simulation of the expected performance of INSERT: a new multi-modality SPECT/MRI system for preclinical and clinical imaging
A new multi-modality imaging tool is under development in the frameowrk of the INSERT (Integrated SPECT/MRI for Enhanced Stratification in Radio-chemo Therapy) project, supported by the European Community. The final goal is to develop a custom SPECT apparatus, that can be used as insert for commercially available MRI systems such as 3 T MRI with 59 com bore diameter. INSERT is expected to offer more effective and earlier diagnosis with potentially better outcome in survival for the treatment of brain tumors, primarily glioma. Two SPECT prototypes will be developed, on dedicated to predinical imaging, the second one dedicated to clinical imaging.