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MRI for stem cell tracking- Researchers claim

According to Jeff W. M. Bulte in Radiology 2013;269 1-3, Article titled; Can Stem Cells Be Labeled Inside the Body Instead of Outside? This may have widespread implication for future and MRI may be useful for stem cell tracking in vivo

"In their study mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were labeled in vivo by intravenous injection of ferumoxytol, a Food and Drug Administration–approved intravenous iron supplement, and after their isolation and processing from bone marrow, the same MSCs were injected in rats with an osteochondral defect, allowing MR monitoring of their engraftment for at least 4 weeks; this straightforward labeling approach, avoiding several regulatory issues, may accelerate clinical translation of MR imaging for stem cell tracking."
MRI for stem cell tracking- Researchers claim Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Rating: 5

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