The Benefits of In Vivo Imaging
Seeing More Matters to Researchers
The term ‘in vivo’ refers to studies that in which research is conducted on whole, living organisms be it animals, humans or plants.
In vivo imaging provides unique insights into complex biological processes. It has many advantages and often replaces more cumbersome and inaccurate methods, such as measuring tumor volume with calipers, with more advanced technologies which more accurately determine volume and location.
Non-invasive real-time in vivo imaging in small animal models has become the essential bridge between in vitro data and their translation into clinical applications. The tremendous development and technological progress, such as tumor modelling, monitoring of tumor growth and detection of metastasis, has facilitated translational drug development. Imaging technologies such as our Vevo 3100 (ultra high-frequency ultrasound) and Vevo LAZR-X (photoacoustic imaging) allow researchers to acquire high-resolution images and robust anatomical, functional and molecular data, helping biomedical scientists to advance their research.
The ability to obtain images longitudinally (same animal subject studied over time) provides reliable information while reducing animal numbers. In vivo imaging supports the 3Rs - Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement. Advancements in imaging technology and software today is helping researchers around the world to expand their research further than ever before.