Special Collection: Molecular Imaging
Influence of Repetitive Contrast Agent Injections on Functional and Molecular Ultrasound MeasurementsQuantitative contrast-enhanced ultrasound plays an important role in tumor characterization and treatment assessment. Besides established functional ultrasound techniques, ultrasound molecular imaging using microbubbles targeted to disease-associated markers is increasingly being applied in pre-clinical studies. Often, repeated injections of non-targeted or targeted microbubbles during the same imaging session are administered. However, the influence of repeated injections on the accuracy of the quantitative data is unclear.
Effects of Acoustic Radiation Force on the Binding Efficiency of BR55, a VEGFR2-Specific Ultrasound Contrast AgentThis work describes an in vivo study analyzing the effect of acoustic radiation force (ARF) on the binding of BR55 VEGFR2-specific contrast-agent microbubbles in a model of prostatic adenocarcinoma in rat. A commercial ultrasound system was modified by implementing high duty-cycle 3.5-MHz center frequency ARF bursts in a scanning configuration. This enabled comparing the effects of ARF on binding in tumor and healthy tissue effectively in the same field of view. Bubble binding was established by measuring late-phase enhancement in amplitude modulation (AM) contrast-specific imaging mode (4 MHz, 150 kPa) 10 min after agent injection when the unbound bubbles were cleared from the circulation.