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Registration of micro-PET and high-resolution MR images of mice for monitoring photodynamic therapy
Author(s): Baowei Fei; Raymond F. Muzic; Zhenghong Lee; Chris A. Flask; Rachel L. Morris; Jeffery L. Duerk; Nancy Oleinick; David L. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

We are investigating imaging techniques to study the rapid biochemical and physiological response of tumors to photodynamic therapy (PDT). Positron emission tomography (PET) can provide physiological and functional images of cancers. While MRI can provide high resolution anatomical images and generate serial, noninvasive, in vivo observations of morphological changes. In this study, we investigate image registration methods to combine MRI and micro-PET (μPET) images for improved tumor monitoring. We acquired high resolution MR and PET 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) images from mice with RIF-1 tumors. We used rigid body registration with three translations and three angular variables. We used normalized mutual information as the similarity measure. To assess the quality of registration, we performed slice by slice review of both image volumes, manually segmented feature organs such as the left and right kidneys and the bladder in each slice, and computed the distance between corresponding centroids of the organs. We also used visual inspection techniques such as color overlay displays. Over 40 volume registration experiments were performed with MR and μPET images acquired from three C3H mice. The color overlays showed that the MR images and the PET images matched well. The distance between corresponding centroids of organs was 1.5 ± 0.4 mm which is about 2 pixels of μPET. In conclusion, registration of high resolution MR and μPET images of mice may be useful to combine anatomical and functional information that could be used for the potential application in photodynamic therapy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5369, Medical Imaging 2004: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images, (30 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.535465
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Baowei Fei, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Raymond F. Muzic, Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland (United States)
Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Zhenghong Lee, Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland (United States)
Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Chris A. Flask, Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland (United States)
Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Rachel L. Morris, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Jeffery L. Duerk, Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland (United States)
Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Nancy Oleinick, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
David L. Wilson, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5369:
Medical Imaging 2004: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
Amir A. Amini; Armando Manduca, Editor(s)

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