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September 13-17, 2009

 Future medical therapies will increasingly focus on interrupting and redirecting pathologic biopathways at the genetic and cellular level. Imaging – especially molecular imaging - will play an indispensible role in the understanding of biopathways, the creation of biospecific interventions, and the monitoring and control of new, highly potent interventions.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a powerful orbiting telescope that provides sharper images of heavenly bodies than other telescopes do. It is a reflecting telescope with a light-gathering mirror 94 inches (240 centimeters) in diameter. The telescope is named after American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who made fundamental contributions to astronomy in the 1920's.

Take one space shuttle, seven highly trained astronauts, tons of equipment, and one legendary orbiting telescope and you have the 5.3 million-mile odyssey that was the final servicing mission for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

After months of training and a seven-month postponement, the STS-125 crew's mission got under way with an on-time launch into a brilliant-blue Florida sky. The May 11, 2009, liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis took place at 2:01 p.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. As if to say, "Come on up!" the 19-year-old Hubble was passing directly over Kennedy at the time of the launch. The mission ended later than planned at the backup landing site, Edwards Air Force Base in California. Lingering tropical rain in Florida produced three consecutive days of wave-offs at Kennedy before Atlantis made an 11:39 a.m. EDT touchdown at Edwards on May 24.

by Catherine M. Delude

Motion illusions reveal new insights into perception

In the classic waterfall illusion, if you stare at the downward motion of a waterfall for some period of time, stationary objects -- such as rocks -- appear to drift upward. MIT neuroscientists have found that this phenomenon, called motion aftereffect, occurs not only in our visual perception but also in our tactile perception, and that these senses actually influence one another. Put another way, how you feel the world can actually change how you see it -- and vice versa. 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the first hospital in New England to offer a powerful hybrid imaging system that allows physicians to precisely pinpoint the location of tumors, fractures and infections.

The Philips Precedence SPECT/CT system allows physicians to simultaneously perform a SPECT and a CT scan. It then fuses images from the two scans, giving physicians' crucial information about both metabolism and structure.

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