Geron Andre Bindseil1, Timothy J. Scholl1, William B. Handler1, Blaine A. Chronik1
1Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
There is great interest in combining functional and anatomical imaging systems. Current approaches to PET/MRI typically a) change PET to make it compatible with conventional MRI, or b) change MRI to make it compatible with conventional PET. An approach of the latter kind is investigated and the design of a docking PET/Field-Cycled MRI (FCMRI) system using the Siemens Inveon small-animal PET is proposed. Advantages of PET/FCMRI over other PET/MRI approaches for small-animal preclinical imaging are explored.