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Molecular imaging and contrast agents database: current status

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Poster Session III

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45




  • A. Chopra
  • L. Shan
  • K. Leung
  • W. C. Eckelman
  • A. E. Menkens


The Molecular Imaging and Contrast Agent Database (MICAD;; funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund) is an online source of scientific information regarding molecular imaging and contrast agents that have in vivo data (animal or human) published in peer-reviewed journals. The database includes, but is not limited to provide information regarding imaging agents developed for use with PET, SPECT, MRI, US, CT, optical imaging, and planar gamma imaging. Information on each agent is summarized in a book chapter format with several sections: Background, Synthesis, in vitro studies, Animal Studies and References. As of June 5, 2012, approximately 1250 agents are available in MICAD and all chapters in the database are available as “free access” through MICAD and PubMed. The MICAD home page has a list of all the imaging agents published from 1970 onward (total of >5000 agents). A separate list is available for agents approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (~100 agents). Those registered with the database can receive a monthly eAnnouncement that lists all new chapters added to MICAD. The editors of MICAD encourage members of the imaging community to submit chapters regarding agents of their choice through the Guest Author program.

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