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Diagnostic Methods

Any sort of medical intervention, whether it be diagnostic or therapeutic, should be monitored and documented as precisely as possible. Regenerative medicine is no exception to this rule. Tübingen's scientists and doctors are working with the most modern and highly sensitive detection methods available, some of which they developed and optimized themselves.

The Hospital of Radiology of the Tübingen University Hospitals plays a key role in these efforts. Here, technologies such as MRT (magnetic resonance tomography) and PET (positron emission tomography) are being refined, combined and supplied with new standards. In cooperation with a variety of experts from other medical specialties, Tübingen radiologists are developing improved methods of detecting smaller and smaller quantities of substances or cells.

Such detection methods are needed in regeneration biology and medicine to track the fate of transplanted stem cells, test the vitality and function of regenerates, detect substances from specific metabolic reactions and much more . The institutes associated with the zrm are also involved in the development and refinement of biomarkers and the corresponding analysis methods.

The following institutes and hospitals are working on new diagnostic methods in the context of regenerative medicine:

Institute of Clinical and Experimental Transfusion Medicine

  • Evaluation and analysis of stem cell markers (MSCI Workgroup)

Hospital of Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Radiology

  • Adaptation of PET (positron emission tomography) for the detection and tracking of stem cells in the living organism
  • Adaptation of MRT (magnetic resonance tomography) to monitor the healing and incorporation of cultivated cartilage and other engineered tissues
  • Evaluation and analysis of stem cell markers (MSCI Workgroup)