F-19 MRI oximetry: simulation of perfluorocarbon distribution impact

S. H. Baete, J. Vandecasteele, Y. De Deene

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In 19F MRI oximetry, a method used to image tumour hypoxia, perfluorocarbons serve as oxygenation markers. The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of perfluorocarbon distribution and concentration in 19F MRI oximetry through a computer simulation. The simulation studies the correspondence between 19F measured (pO FNMR2) and actual tissue oxygen tension (pO2) for several tissue perfluorocarbon distributions. For this, a Krogh tissue model is implemented which incorporates the presence of perfluorocarbons in blood and tissue. That is, in tissue the perfluorocarbons are distributed homogeneously according to Gaussian diffusion profiles, or the perfluorocarbons are concentrated in the capillary wall. Using these distributions, the oxygen tension in the simulation volume is calculated. The simulated mean oxygen tension is then compared with pOFNMR2, the 19F MRI-based measure of pO2 and with pO02, pO 2 in the absence of perfluorocarbons. The agreement between pO FNMR2 and actual pO2 is influenced by vascular density and perfluorocarbon distribution. The presence of perfluorocarbons generally gives rise to a pO2 increase in tissue. This effect is enhanced when perfluorocarbons are also present in blood. Only the homogeneous perfluorocarbon distribution in tissue with no perfluorocarbons in blood guarantees small deviations of pOFNMR2 from pO 2. Hence, perfluorocarbon distribution in tissue and blood has a serious impact on the reliability of 19F MRI-based measures of oxygen tension. In addition, the presence of perfluorocarbons influences the actual oxygen tension. This finding may be of great importance for further development of 19F MRI oximetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2535-2557
Number of pages23
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


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