During the last decade, there has been an explosive growth in the development of functional and molecular imaging techniques. Developments in this multidisciplinary domain include new probes, imaging methods and novel instruments.
To enable accurate localization of the functional image, nowadays functional imaging systems are often combined with anatomical imaging systems into so-called hybrid or multimodality imaging systems. These hybrid combinations have recently come on the market in small animal versions.
Christian Vanhove graduated as a Biomedical and Clinical Engineer from Brussels
University in 1990. He worked as a Medical Physicist at the Nuclear Medicine
department of the Sint-Elisabeth hospital in Zottegem, where he was doing
research and developments for the industry in a clinical environment. Research
and developments were focused on all aspects of medical image processing,
including image reconstruction, image fusion and image quantification.
In 1996, he moved to the Nuclear Medicine department of the Brussels University Hospital. As a Medical Physicist Expert he continued his research in the field of medical image processing and obtained his doctoral degree in medical science in 2004. In 2005, he was one of the initiators of the molecular imaging lab at the Brussels University.
From 2005 until the beginning of 2011, Christian Vanhove worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of molecular imaging at the same university. Since February 2011, he joined the Medical Image and Signal Processing (MEDISIP) research group of the Faculty of Engineering at the Ghent University, where he is responsible for the Innovative Flemish in-vivo Imaging Technology (http://www.infinity.ugent.be) small animal lab.
*Christian Vanhove's presentation at Creative Media Days: http://www.slideshare.net/iMinds/iminds-the-conference-christian-vanhove