Digital Autoradiography: Film and Electronic Multitracer Techniques for Heart Imaging

G. Coppini, G. Valli, P. Camici, A. Labbate, R. Bellazzini, M. M. Massai, G. Spandre

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A multitracer digital film autoradiography (DFA) and a single-tracer multiwire proportional chamber autoradiography (MWPCA) have been developed for the simultaneous study of regional myocardial blood flow and metabolism in the canine heart. Radioactive indicators of flow (plastic microspheres), metabolism (deoxy-2-D-glucose labeled either with 14C or 3H), and flow and metabolism C201 Tl), were used in the same experiment. Multiple tracers were discriminated by film autoradiography on the basis of their properties (particulate or nonparticulate, short or long half-life), and by multiple film exposure. A multiwire chamber was used for 3H detection. Perfusional and metabolic maps were obtained in transverse microslices of the heart (40 μm thick) by digital image processing. The operation, the advantages and limits of the single techniques as well as their combined use are described. The two techniques are complementary: DFA, although time consuming and proportionality limited, allows the use of multiple tracers and it is mandatory for particulate tracer detection due to its high spatial resolution; MWPCA, in spite of a lower resolution provides a very fast and proportional detection as compared to DFA, but limited to only one tracer at the time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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