Looking inside tissue without cutting


About the research

What do bone marrow, liver and a tumor have in common? They all consist of so-called "soft tissue". In contrast to hard tissue, such as bones, soft tissue is not easily visualized by a CT scan. In order to study it, therefore, one has to extract pieces from a patient's body. Sarah Vangrunderbeeck (KU Leuven - UC Louvain) is helping to change this. She is working on new contrast agents that should provide better scans. In this way, researchers can gain more insight into soft tissues, such as bone marrow, and hopefully find treatments for related diseases, such as diabetes.   

Sarah Vangrunderbeeck
KU Leuven

From an early age Sarah Vangrunderbeeck wanted to discover the ultimate nature of things. In order to meet her growing curiosity about the building blocks of life and, moreover, her desire to contribute something of value, she decided to study chemistry. During her current PhD research at the KU Leuven and UCLouvain Sarah is developing new staining agents for X-ray contrast-enhanced computed tomography. These contrast-enhancing staining agents allow to visualize not only dense tissues like bone, but also soft tissues in three dimensions.

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