Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with 18F-FDG is a promising tool for the detection and evaluation of active inflammation in animal models of neuroinflammation. MRI is a complementary imaging technique with high resolution and contrast suitable to obtain the anatomical data required to analyze PET data. To combine PET and MRI modalities, we developed a support bed system compatible for both scanners that allowed to perform imaging exams without animal repositioning. With this approach, MRI and PET data were acquired in mice with Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). In this model, it was possible to measure a variation of 18F-FDG uptake proportional to the degree of disease severity which is mainly related to Central Nervous System (CNS) inflammation. Against the low resolved PET images, the co-registered MRI/PET images allowed to distinguish the different brain structures and to obtain a more accurate tracer evaluation. This is essential in particular for brain regions whose size is of the order of the spatial resolution of PET.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 21 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics