Quantitative photoacoustic imaging study of tumours in vivo: Baseline variations in quantitative measurements.
Martinho Costa, M
Ter Haar, G
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Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) provides information on haemoglobin levels and blood oxygenation (sO 2 ). To facilitate assessment of the variability in sO 2 and haemoglobin in tumours, for example in response to therapies, the baseline variability of these parameters was evaluated in subcutaneous head and neck tumours in mice, using a PAI system (MSOTinVision-256TF). Tumours of anaesthetized animals (midazolam-fentanyl-medetomidine) were imaged for 75 min, in varying positions, and repeatedly over 6 days. An increasing linear trend for average tumoural haemoglobin and blood sO 2 was observed, when imaging over 75 min. There were no significant differences in these temporal trends, when repositioning tumours. A negative correlation was found between the percent decrease in blood sO 2 over 6 days and tumour growth rate. This paper shows the potential of PAI to provide baseline data for assessing the significance of intra- and inter-tumoural variations that may eventually have value for predicting and/or monitoring cancer treatment response.
Radiotherapy Physics Modelling
Ultrasound & Optical Imaging
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Photoacoustics, 2019, 13 pp. 53 - 65