Researchers lay foundation for smart contrast medium

Under the leadership of TU Graz, an international research team has developed a contrast medium concept for MRI, promising unprecedented features in medical imaging.

Three gentlemen sit in front of an MRI examination tube on the corresponding couch.

Stefan Spirk, Andreas Petrovic and Hermann Scharfetter from Graz University of Technology laid the foundation for a new, innovative contrast medium; © Lunghammer - TU Graz

Molecular imaging techniques are playing an increasingly important role in medical diagnostics and developing new treatment methods. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the fields of chemistry, material sciences, biomedicine, quantum physics and toxicology has managed to develop the foundations for a novel contrast medium for MRI in the framework of the FET Open EU excellence programme. Molecular changes in the human body could thus become detectable by MRI and the treatment of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and heart diseases could become improved and elucidated.

Discover how Hermann Scharfetter and his team have achieved a breakthrough in groundbreaking features in medical imaging after three years of research in the TU Graz News+Stories article about the CONQUER FET Open project.