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“The compact size of the instrument allows placement of the camera close to the objects of interest, thus creating the possibility of reductions in the radiation dose to patients,”

said co-developer Dr. Yonggang Cui of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

“There is a widespread need for better nuclear-medical images in cancer diagnosis. ProxiScanTM, when coupled with a suitable radioactive tracer, has the potential to detect smaller lesions than conventional Anger cameras.”

said Dr. Youngho Seo, a faculty member at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at
University of California, San Francisco.


“We are very excited about the potential use of compact digital camera systems to improve our ability to localize and treat cancer. For example, active surveillance has become an increasingly popular option. In contrast to historical radical surgery, both active surveillance and focal therapy are either non- or minimally-invasive, but better imaging tools are desperately needed to monitor the progression of the disease.”

said Dr. Ken Weisman, a urologist with CT Surgical, Hartford, Connecticut

“ProxiScan and technologies like it are critical examples of the countless ways our investment in nuclear security is helping provide the tools to tackle broader national challenges,Promoting strong science and investing in research and development is critical to improving our ability to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and material. It is particularly rewarding to see those same technologies used to save lives on a daily basis.

said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington.

“Brookhaven’s pre-clinical laboratory experiments demonstrated the high-spatial- resolution and high-contrast capabilities of the instrument. Images of shaped phantoms have shown spatial resolutions as low as 1-2 millimeters, potentially allowing more precise information about the distribution of radionuclides in nuclear medical applications.”

said Dr. Ralph B. James, a senior scientist at Brookhaven and another co- developer of ProxiScan™.

"The Department of Energy’s national laboratories are incubators of innovation, and I’m proud they are being recognized once again for their remarkable work. The cutting-edge research and development being done in our national labs is vital to maintaining America’s competitive edge, increasing our nation’s energy security, and protecting our environment. I want to thank this year’s winners for their work and congratulate them on this award.”

said Department of Energy Secretary, Steven Chu.

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