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  • 3D Multiparametric Photoacoustic Computed Tomography of Primary and Metastatic Tumors in Living Mice. ACS nano Kim, J., Lee, J., Choi, S., Lee, H., Yang, J., Jeon, H., Sung, M., Kim, W. J., Kim, C. 2024


    Photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT), an emerging imaging modality in preclinical cancer research, can provide multiparametric 3D information about structures, physiological functions, and pharmacokinetics. Here, we demonstrate the use of high-definition 3D multiparametric PACT imaging of both primary and metastatic tumors in living mice to noninvasively monitor angiogenesis, carcinogenesis, hypoxia, and pharmacokinetics. The high-definition PACT system with a 1024-element hemispherical ultrasound transducer array provides an isotropic spatial resolution of 380 mum, an effective volumetric field-of-view of 12.8 mm * 12.8 mm * 12.8 mm without scanning, and an acquisition time of <30 s for a whole mouse body. Initially, we monitor the structural progression of the tumor microenvironment (e.g., angiogenesis and vessel tortuosity) after tumor cell inoculation. Then, we analyze the change in oxygen saturation of the tumor during carcinogenesis, verifying induced hypoxia in the tumor's core region. Finally, the whole-body pharmacokinetics are photoacoustically imaged after intravenous injection of micelle-loaded IR780 dye, and the in vivo PACT results are validated in vivo and ex vivo by fluorescence imaging. By employing the premium PACT system and applying multiparametric analyses to subcutaneous primary tumors and metastatic liver tumors, we demonstrate that this PACT system can provide multiparametric analyses for comprehensive cancer research.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acsnano.3c12551

    View details for PubMedID 38941553