Coregistered transcranial optoacoustic and magnetic resonance angiography of the human brain
Posted on 2023-01-24 - 21:58
Imaging modalities capable of visualizing the human brain have led to major advances in neurology and brain research. Multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) has gained importance for studying cerebral function in rodent models due to its unique capability to map changes in multiple hemodynamic parameters and to directly visualize neural activity within the brain. The technique further provides molecular imaging capabilities that can facilitate early disease diagnosis and treatment monitoring. However, transcranial imaging of the human brain is hampered by acoustic attenuation and other distortions introduced by the skull. Here, we demonstrate noninvasive transcranial MSOT angiography of pial veins through the temporal bone of an adult healthy volunteer. Time-of-flight (TOF) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and T1-weighted structural MRI were further acquired to facilitate anatomical registration and interpretation. The superior middle cerebral vein in the temporal cortex was identified in the MSOT images, matching its location observed in the TOF-MRA images. These initial results pave the way toward the application of MSOT in clinical brain imaging.
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Ni, Ruiqing; DEÁN-BEN, XOSÉ LUÍS; GIETL, ANTON; TREYER, VALERIE; HOCK, CHRISTOPH; Klohs, Jan; et al. (2023): Coregistered transcranial optoacoustic and magnetic resonance angiography of the human brain. Optica Publishing Group. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.6192589.v1
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XOSÉ LUÍS DEÁN-BEN