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The Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I) continues to break new ground in mass spectrometry imaging – providing pathologists with better diagnostic tools, and giving us a close-up view of the complex molecular machinery that underpins health and disease
At a Glance
- Cutting-edge research in mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) development, informed by detailed molecular data, can advance the field of precision medicine
- Researchers at the Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging Institute are improving MSI to quickly differentiate between isomers and identify changes over time
- Integrated MSI tech in intelligent tools like the iKnife could become an invaluable tool to increase the accuracy of tumor resection and reduce the invasiveness of surgery
- Growing interest in MSI across multiple fields will hopefully lead to the creation of revolutionary targeted diagnostic aids
Breaking boundaries is a key theme of my work, and pivotal to all fields of science. The motivating force of most scientists is to break through boundaries of knowledge – seeing something that no one has seen before is an awe-inspiring experience. Whether they are building better microscopes to visualize molecules in a cell, or better telescopes to detect far-away stars, scientists have the same drive – they want to see what they cannot yet see.
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