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MR and PET imaging in veterinary oncology: Current capabilities in diagnosis and therapy response assessment

MR and PET imaging in veterinary oncology: Current capabilities in diagnosis and therapy response assessment

MR and PET imaging in veterinary oncology: Current capabilities in diagnosis and therapy response assessment

Veterinary Cancer Society
Veterinary Cancer Society
on behalf of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association


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MRI and PET have evolved to be essential imaging methodologies in human oncology, both for diagnosis and response assessment. The demonstration of feasibility and utility of these methodologies for veterinary oncology evolved slowly due to multiple challenges. This presentation will introduce current state of the art for veterinary oncology and demonstrate operational models that enable access for veterinary patients.
Today, substantial experience exists for the use of MRI and PET in veterinary oncology. The presentation will give an overview on best practices, real clinical experiences and current trends. Veterinary PET imaging has been especially burdened by the management of radiation exposure. Recent PET acquisition techniques, especially developed by our team, open up low and ultra-low PET imaging approaches leading to radically reduced radiation exposure levels which makes veterinary patient handling after PET imaging procedures more readily manageable.
Both imaging methodologies are available with a large variability of capabilities; the presentation will address which are essential for Veterinary Oncology applications and how quality assurance needs to be managed for response assessment.
With more than a decade of evolution to use MRI and PET in Veterinary Oncology, the capabilities are increasingly available and clinically useful for appropriate care management. While the focus will be on the clinical imaging aspects, special consideration for veterinary clinical trials will also be addressed.


Learning Objectives:
• Review basic imaging device technology
• Understand the opportunities of MRI and PET in oncology
• Learn about the different functional and molecular imaging capabilities of MRI and PET
• How to assess and monitor changes in tumor microcirculation
• Review basic safety and owner relevant information
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Veterinary Cancer Society
on behalf of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Michael Knopp - Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD is Professor of Radiology and Novartis Chair of Imaging Research at The Ohio State University, is boarded in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the Director of the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging (WCIBMI) which is an incubator of extensive academia/industry collaborations. Dr. Knopp has been a highly successful clinical investigator with an extensive clinical trial and development grant portfolio of more than $75 M in the last decade. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, his career developed in both Germany and the United States. He attended high school and college in Columbus, Ohio and returned to Germany to the University of Heidelberg where he received his M.D. and Ph.D. degree in medical computer science. He did dual residency training in Germany and is boarded in radiology and nuclear medicine. He rose through the ranks at the German National Cancer Institute (DKFZ) and the University of Heidelberg to the Vice Chair and Chief of Clinical Service before he joined the Clinical Center at National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. At the end of 2001, he accepted the Chair for Imaging Research at The Ohio State University and chaired the Department of Radiology, which initially included Radiation Therapy, from 2004 to 2008. In 2008 Dr. Knopp received a $24.8 M award to develop the Ohio Imaging Research and Innovation Network and since then has focused on directing the vastly expanding WCIBMI environment. He serves in several leadership roles in scientific organizations, editorial boards, national and international committees, review boards and advisory panels. Dr. Knopp has a long track record of developing and validating new imaging methodologies with a special interest in MRI and PET as well as safety and imaging pharmaceuticals. Dr. Knopp also has extensive experience in managing imaging core labs (ICL) with the ICL at the WCIBMI growing to one of the largest academic ones in the US, having served for CALGB, Alliance, SWOG and OBQI. Since 2014, Dr. Knopp has been co-PI of the newly formed Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core (IROC) cooperative, a U24 award ($35 M) based service for the NCI National Clinical Trial Networks (NCTN). Dr. Knopp holds additional adjunct faculty appointments in the departments of Biomedical Informatics, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Computer Science, Neuroscience and Radiation Oncology. In 2004, as the Director of the Wright Center, he started a veterinary imaging service for MRI and PET imaging. He has also mentored a large number of graduate students, residents, fellows and faculty both in Germany and the USA. His scientific focus has been imaging of angiogenesis and response assessment. His current research focus is on functional and molecular PET/CT or MRI, imaging based assessment, and the validation of imaging methodologies as biomarkers.

Ashley French DVM is a 2012 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a small animal practitioner at Weathered Rock Veterinary Clinic in Jefferson City MO. She is the assistant director of the Volunteer Veterinary Corps.

Charles E. Massengill, DVM, is presently with CRM Veterinary Consulting. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1979. He presently serves as director of the Missouri Volunteer Veterinary Corps. He is also a member of the Emergency Management & Public Health Committee and Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program.

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  • Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
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    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 60

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