Stony Brook-based SynchroPET has taken another step toward unprecedented, simultaneous PET/MRI imaging.

By placing a PET camera into the bore of an existing MRI machine – that’s the chamber where the patient slides in – SynchroPET achieved “another significant milestone on its quest to disrupt the medical imaging industry,” the company said in a statement.

PET systems track gamma rays emitted by tiny injected tracers, then use computers to construct 3D images of the body’s systems. MRIs and CAT scans can provide anatomical information and locate tumors, but a PET scan “can tell you if there’s cancer in your body long before a tumor is present,” according to SynchroPET founder Marc Alessi.

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