University of Alabama at Birmingham Selects MILabs Adaptive U-CT To Expand Its Pulmonary Research


MILabs will provide an advanced U-CTUHR microCT system to the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (CFRC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). This state-of the art Adaptive X-ray CT system is predicted to play an important role in advancing research programs centered on novel animal models of cystic fibrosis and COPD developed at UAB by providing superior resolution and unmatched tissue accessibility.

The MILabs U-CTUHR system acquired by UAB is designed to meet a broad range of in vivo imaging research applications in variety of animals, ranging from very fast, high-resolution, low-dose bone, tissue and lung imaging, to high-quality dual-gated cardiac and pulmonary analysis. UAB will use the new MILabs U-CTUHR system mainly for evaluation of cystic fibrosis airways disease as well as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis and sinonasal studies.

Dr. Frederik J. Beekman, founder and CEO of MILabs B.V. confirms that the new X-ray CT system has been designed with both diagnostic CT excellence and application scalability in mind. The ability to handle a wide variety of animal sizes and the potential of in-field upgrades to molecular CT were important design criteria. “We are glad that such scalability has been a significant factor in UAB’s selection of the U-CTUHR system”.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham embodies a spirit of discovery that advances knowledge, solves real-world problems, and drives economic development. This is true within the School of Medicine which is made up of nearly 800 students and more than 900 residents and 1,400 full-time faculty in 26 academic departments and specialized programs. CFRC housed within Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine is continually engaged in novel, groundbreaking, and highly innovative research. The research faculty ranks among the nation’s best funded and is noted for exceptional mentoring and training — from undergraduate researchers to post-doctoral fellows. Research and education programs are supported by over $10 million in sponsored research funds each year. The division’s outstanding faculty members have been consistently ranked among the top programs for respiratory disease in the nation by US News and World Report and Best Doctors in America. Clinical research programs participate in a number of national and international research network including the NIH-funded COPD and Pulmonary Fibrosis Networks, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Therapeutics Development Network.

MILabs B.V. (Utrecht, the Netherlands) provides high-end molecular imaging solutions for biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Today these systems contribute worldwide to the development of new diagnostic solutions and therapies for diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases. As documented in hundreds of scientific articles, U-SPECT provides the fastest, most sensitive and highest resolution small-animal SPECT system currently available. Recently MILabs fused state-of-the-art Adaptive PET with its SPECT technology, thus enabling for the first time, to simultaneously acquire PET & SPECT images of co-injected tracer at sub-mm resolutions. This multi-parametric imaging approach has further been enhanced with the introduction in 2016 of Adaptive X-ray CT and Hybrid Optical imaging systems. Featuring industry-leading diagnostic CT capabilities, MILabs’ Adaptive U-CT is scalable to handle a wide range of animal sizes and can be upgraded to molecular CT imaging by adding in-line PET, SPECT and/or Optical biolumuninescence & fluorescence imaging modalities. For more information, visit

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