Ex VivoFluorescence Molecular Tomography of the Spine

Monish Pimpalkhare, Jin Chen, Vivek Venugopal, Xavier Intes
2012 International Journal of Biomedical Imaging  
We investigated the potential of fluorescence molecular tomography to imageex vivosamples collected from a large animal model, in this case, a dog spine. Wide-field time-gated fluorescence tomography was employed to assess the impact of multiview acquisition, data type, and intrinsic optical properties on the localization and quantification accuracy in imaging a fluorescent inclusion in the intervertebral disk. As expected, the TG data sets, when combining early and late gates, provide
more » ... ntly better performances than the CW data sets in terms of localization and quantification. Moreover, the use of multiview imaging protocols led to more accurate localization. Additionally, the incorporation of the heterogeneous nature of the tissue in the model to compute the Jacobians led to improved imaging performances. This preliminary imaging study provides a proof of concept of the feasibility of quantitatively imaging complexex vivosamples nondestructively and with short acquisition times. This work is the first step towards employing optical molecular imaging of the spine to detect and characterize disc degeneration based on targeted fluorescent probes.
doi:10.1155/2012/942326 pmid:23197973 pmcid:PMC3503328 fatcat:lacsomqs2rczren7udn23i2wuu