About this Research Topic
PET imaging in combination with the right agent offers non-invasive tracking of immune processes on a whole-body level and thus represents a method uniquely well-suited to assess system-wide immune status. The goal of this research topic is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of the recent advances and emerging applications of PET imaging in the assessment of systemic immunity in cancer. We also aim to define the most pressing unmet needs in the field and showcase research that offers promising solutions. To provide a well-rounded current status and ensure representation of viewpoints from different stakeholders that is critical for the successful advancement of the field, we seek input from experts in different specialties: oncology, immunology, agent development, image analysis, etc.
We welcome various types of articles: original research, methods, review (including mini review), technology report, protocol, perspective, case reports, and opinion. The following are some examples of the topics of interest:
• AI approaches to whole-body image analysis
• Quantifying immune response in the context of a moving target i.e. immune cells
• Novel imaging targets
• Novel imaging agents
• Imaging immunomodulation by the microbiome
• Imaging systemic immunity in patient selection
• Imaging systemic immunity for therapy guidance
• Imaging of off-target toxicity
• Lymph node imaging and the need for dissection
Keywords: systemic immunity, PET agents, whole-body image analysis, immunoPET, T cells, immune cells
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