Comparison of model-based arterial input functions for dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI in tumor bearing rats

Deirdre M. McGrath, Daniel P. Bradley, Jean L. Tessier, Tony Lacey, Chris J. Taylor, Geoffrey J M Parker

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    When using tracer kinetic modeling to analyze dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) it is necessary to identify an appropriate arterial input function (AIF). The measured AIF is often poorly sampled in both clinical and preclinical MR systems due to the initial rapid increase in contrast agent concentration and the subsequent large-scale signal change that occurs in the arteries. However, little work has been carried out to quantify the sensitivity of tracer kinetic modeling parameters to the form of AIF. Using a preclinical experimental data set, we sought to measure the effect of varying model forms of AIF on the extended Kety compartmental model parameters (Ktrans, ve, and vp) through comparison with the results of experimentally acquired high temporal resolution AIFs. The AIF models examined have the potential to be parameterized on lower temporal resolution data to predict the form of the true, higher temporal resolution AIF. The models were also evaluated through application to the population average AIF. It was concluded that, in the instance of low temporal resolution or noisy data, it may be preferable to use a bi-exponential model applied to the raw data AIF, or when individual measurements are not available a biexponential model of the average AIF. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1173-1184
    Number of pages11
    JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2009


    • Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)
    • Modeled arterial input function (AIF)
    • Tracer kinetic modeling
    • Tumor bearing rat


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