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26 October 2004 Lung imaging of laboratory rodents in vivo
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We have been acquiring respiratory-gated micro-CT images of live mice and rats for over a year with our General Electric (formerly Enhanced Vision Systems) hybrid scanner. This technique is especially well suited for the lung due to the inherent high tissue contrast. Our current studies focus on the assessment of lung tumors and their response to experimental agents, and the assessment of lung damage due to chemotherapy agents. We have recently installed a custom-built dual flat-panel cone-beam CT scanner with the ability to scan laboratory animals that vary in size from mice to large dogs. A breath-hold technique is used in place of respiratory gating on this scanner. The objective of this pilot study was to converge on scan acquisition parameters and optimize the visualization of lung damage in a mouse model of fibrosis. Example images from both the micro-CT scanner and the flat-panel CT scanner will be presented, as well as preliminary data describing spatial resolution, low contrast resolution, and radiation dose parameters.
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Dianna D. Cody, Dawn Cavanaugh, Roger E. Price D.V.M., Belinda Rivera, Gregory Gladish M.D., and Elizabeth Travis "Lung imaging of laboratory rodents in vivo", Proc. SPIE 5535, Developments in X-Ray Tomography IV, (26 October 2004);


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