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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1664–1676

Hybrid FMT-MRI applied to in vivo atherosclerosis imaging

Baoqiang Li, Foued Maafi, Romain Berti, Philippe Pouliot, Eric Rhéaume, Jean-Claude Tardif, and Frederic Lesage  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 5, Issue 5, pp. 1664-1676 (2014)

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Combining Fluorescent Molecular Tomography (FMT) with anatomical imaging, e.g. MRI facilitates interpreting functional information. Furthermore, using a heterogeneous model for light propagation has been shown in simulations to be superior to homogeneous modeling to quantify fluorescence. Here, we present a combined FMT-MRI system and apply it to heart and aorta molecular imaging, a challenging area due to strong tissue heterogeneity and the presence of air-voids due to lungs. First investigating performance in a phantom and mouse corpse, the MRI-enabled heterogeneous models resulted in an improved quantification of fluorescence reconstructions. The system was then used in mice for in vivo atherosclerosis molecular imaging. Results show that, when using the heterogeneous model, reconstructions were in agreement with the ex vivo measurements. Therefore, the proposed system might serve as a powerful imaging tool for atherosclerosis in mice.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.6280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence

ToC Category:
Multimodal Imaging

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 24, 2014
Published: April 28, 2014

Baoqiang Li, Foued Maafi, Romain Berti, Philippe Pouliot, Eric Rhéaume, Jean-Claude Tardif, and Frederic Lesage, "Hybrid FMT-MRI applied to in vivo atherosclerosis imaging," Biomed. Opt. Express 5, 1664-1676 (2014)

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