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Using dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging data to constrain a positron emission tomography kinetic model: theory and simulations.

Fluckiger JU, Li X, Whisenant JG, Peterson TE, Gore JC, Yankeelov TE - Int J Biomed Imaging (2013)

Bottom Line: We show how dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) data can constrain a compartmental model for analyzing dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data.We first develop the theory that enables the use of DCE-MRI data to separate whole tissue time activity curves (TACs) available from dynamic PET data into individual TACs associated with the blood space, the extravascular-extracellular space (EES), and the extravascular-intracellular space (EIS).The parameters returned by this approach may provide new information on the transport of a tracer in a variety of dynamic PET studies.

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Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.

ABSTRACT
We show how dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) data can constrain a compartmental model for analyzing dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data. We first develop the theory that enables the use of DCE-MRI data to separate whole tissue time activity curves (TACs) available from dynamic PET data into individual TACs associated with the blood space, the extravascular-extracellular space (EES), and the extravascular-intracellular space (EIS). Then we simulate whole tissue TACs over a range of physiologically relevant kinetic parameter values and show that using appropriate DCE-MRI data can separate the PET TAC into the three components with accuracy that is noise dependent. The simulations show that accurate blood, EES, and EIS TACs can be obtained as evidenced by concordance correlation coefficients >0.9 between the true and estimated TACs. Additionally, provided that the estimated DCE-MRI parameters are within 10% of their true values, the errors in the PET kinetic parameters are within approximately 20% of their true values. The parameters returned by this approach may provide new information on the transport of a tracer in a variety of dynamic PET studies.

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The concordance correlation coefficient between the estimated and true values of the time courses as a function of noise in the tissue curves for a single set of PET kinetic parameters. If the Ct error is less than 10 times the square root of activity level, then the CCC is greater than 0.75. Once Ct error is greater than this, the ability to faithfully reconstruct the time courses is substantially reduced.
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fig3: The concordance correlation coefficient between the estimated and true values of the time courses as a function of noise in the tissue curves for a single set of PET kinetic parameters. If the Ct error is less than 10 times the square root of activity level, then the CCC is greater than 0.75. Once Ct error is greater than this, the ability to faithfully reconstruct the time courses is substantially reduced.

Mentions: As stated above, two sets of noise realizations were performed. Figures 3 and 4 display results of simulations done with varying levels of noise added to the simulated Ctissue curves, and with no error in the DCE-MRI parameters. Figure 3 shows the CCC (vertical axis) between the extracted and true CEES, CEIS, and Cb time courses as a function of increasing Ctissue noise for one combination of PET kinetic parameters. The results are presented as the mean ± the minimum and maximum CCC values obtained over the 1000 noise realizations. The results from the other seven combinations of PET kinetic parameters are similar. In all cases, when no noise is added to the simulated Ctissue curves, the CCC values are uniformly 1.00. The mean CCC values decrease with increased noise, with the CCC for Cb and CEES decreasing to 0.2 at the maximum level of noise tested here. For all combinations of PET kinetic parameters, the CEIS time courses are the least affected by noise in the tissue curves.


Using dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging data to constrain a positron emission tomography kinetic model: theory and simulations.

Fluckiger JU, Li X, Whisenant JG, Peterson TE, Gore JC, Yankeelov TE - Int J Biomed Imaging (2013)

The concordance correlation coefficient between the estimated and true values of the time courses as a function of noise in the tissue curves for a single set of PET kinetic parameters. If the Ct error is less than 10 times the square root of activity level, then the CCC is greater than 0.75. Once Ct error is greater than this, the ability to faithfully reconstruct the time courses is substantially reduced.
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fig3: The concordance correlation coefficient between the estimated and true values of the time courses as a function of noise in the tissue curves for a single set of PET kinetic parameters. If the Ct error is less than 10 times the square root of activity level, then the CCC is greater than 0.75. Once Ct error is greater than this, the ability to faithfully reconstruct the time courses is substantially reduced.
Mentions: As stated above, two sets of noise realizations were performed. Figures 3 and 4 display results of simulations done with varying levels of noise added to the simulated Ctissue curves, and with no error in the DCE-MRI parameters. Figure 3 shows the CCC (vertical axis) between the extracted and true CEES, CEIS, and Cb time courses as a function of increasing Ctissue noise for one combination of PET kinetic parameters. The results are presented as the mean ± the minimum and maximum CCC values obtained over the 1000 noise realizations. The results from the other seven combinations of PET kinetic parameters are similar. In all cases, when no noise is added to the simulated Ctissue curves, the CCC values are uniformly 1.00. The mean CCC values decrease with increased noise, with the CCC for Cb and CEES decreasing to 0.2 at the maximum level of noise tested here. For all combinations of PET kinetic parameters, the CEIS time courses are the least affected by noise in the tissue curves.

Bottom Line: We show how dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) data can constrain a compartmental model for analyzing dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data.We first develop the theory that enables the use of DCE-MRI data to separate whole tissue time activity curves (TACs) available from dynamic PET data into individual TACs associated with the blood space, the extravascular-extracellular space (EES), and the extravascular-intracellular space (EIS).The parameters returned by this approach may provide new information on the transport of a tracer in a variety of dynamic PET studies.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.

ABSTRACT
We show how dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) data can constrain a compartmental model for analyzing dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data. We first develop the theory that enables the use of DCE-MRI data to separate whole tissue time activity curves (TACs) available from dynamic PET data into individual TACs associated with the blood space, the extravascular-extracellular space (EES), and the extravascular-intracellular space (EIS). Then we simulate whole tissue TACs over a range of physiologically relevant kinetic parameter values and show that using appropriate DCE-MRI data can separate the PET TAC into the three components with accuracy that is noise dependent. The simulations show that accurate blood, EES, and EIS TACs can be obtained as evidenced by concordance correlation coefficients >0.9 between the true and estimated TACs. Additionally, provided that the estimated DCE-MRI parameters are within 10% of their true values, the errors in the PET kinetic parameters are within approximately 20% of their true values. The parameters returned by this approach may provide new information on the transport of a tracer in a variety of dynamic PET studies.

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