Monitoring of oxygenation in tumours is an important issue in predicting the success of anti-cancer treatments such as radiotherapy. Gradient echo (GE) imaging sequences can be used for monitoring changes in tumour blood flow and oxygenation. However, the application of this method in head and neck tumours is hampered by significant artefacts and losses of the MR signal near air-tissue interfaces. We investigated the usefulness of a gradient-echo slice excitation profile (GESEPI) sequence that should keep the oxygen contrast while recovering the signal loss caused by susceptibility artefacts. A tumour model was implanted in the neck and in the leg of mice. MR imaging was performed at 4.7 T. GE and GESEPI sequences were used for monitoring the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) contrast after carbogen breathing. The pO2 was also monitored in tumours using an OxyLite probe (Oxford Optronics). Using the tumours implanted in the leg, we found that the variations of signal intensity after carbogen breathing were similar in both sequences. In the tumour implanted in the neck, it was possible, using GESEPI sequences, to recover the signal loss caused by susceptibility artefacts and to monitor the effect of carbogen-induced changes in the tumour.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging