- Meeting abstract
- Open Access
Incorporation of MRI-AIF information for improved kinetic modelling of dynamic PET data
EJNMMI Physics volume 1, Article number: A43 (2014)
Pharmacokinetic analysis of dynamic PET data requires estimation of the arterial input function (AIF). An alternative method to collecting blood samples during scanning is the simultaneous estimation approach in which AIF and kinetic parameters are estimated at once . We have investigated how information from a simultaneous MRI-AIF can be incorporated into this model and evaluated its effect on estimated kinetic parameters by comparing absolute bias and coefficient of variation (CV) values on influx constants (Ki). As the delivery of the tracer or contrast agent is dominated by vascular flow dynamics, PET-AIF and MRI-AIF boluses will have similar peak shapes if the same injection speed is used [2, 3]. Hence it can be assumed that the values of λ1 of eq. 1  can be fixed to reduce the number of parameters in fitting. Simulated data was generated using two tissue compartment model with rate constants from a clinical brain study . Noise was added using eq. 2 where α set to 0.5,2 and 4. AIF scaling was done using one blood sample obtained at the end of the study, or by fixing A3 and λ3 to their true values assuming they can be determined using multiple blood samples.
As shown in Figure 1 and 2, when λ1 is fixed, larger improvements (from 13.84% to 5.38%, averaged on all noise levels) were seen on the bias of estimates with one blood sample compared to the method with multiple samples (from 13.54% to 10.60%). For CV, improvement was slightly higher on scaling with multiple samples when λ1 was fixed.
We have shown that information from simultaneous MRI-AIF can reduce the bias on Ki estimates and multiple blood samples might not be necessary, as the scaling method with one blood sample performed better when a parameter reflecting the early part of the MRI-AIF is included.
Feng D, Wong KP, Wu CM, Siu WC: A technique for extracting physiological parameters and the required input function simultaneously from PET image measurements: theory and simulation study. IEEE Trans. Inf. Technol. Biomed. 1997,1(4):243–54. 10.1109/4233.681168
Poulin E, Lebel R, Croteau E, Blanchette M, Tremblay L, Lecomte R, Bentourkia M, Lepage M: Conversion of arterial input functions for dual pharmacokinetic modeling using Gd-D TPA/MRI and 18F-FDG/PET. Magn. Reson. Med. 2013, 69: 781–92. 10.1002/mrm.24318
Ibaraki IKM, Shimosegawa E, Toyoshima H, Ishigame K, Sugawara S, Takahashi K, Miura S: Evaluation of arterial input function for Perfusion MRI: comparison with that of PET study. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 2005, 13: 1125.
Muzic RF, Cornelius S: COMKAT: compartment model kinetic analysis tool. J. Nucl. Med. 2001,42(4):636–45.
Hawkins RA, M E, Phelps ME, Huang SC: Effects of temporal sampling, glucose metabolic rates, and disruptions of the blood-brain barrier on the FDG model with and without a vascular compartment: studies in human brain tumors with PET. J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. 1986,6(2):170–83. 10.1038/jcbfm.1986.30
This work was supported by an IMPACT studentship funded jointly by Siemens and the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. KE receives funding from EPSRC (EP/K005278/1). UCL/UCLH research is supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres funding scheme.
About this article
Cite this article
Sari, H., Erlandsson, K., Thielemans, K. et al. Incorporation of MRI-AIF information for improved kinetic modelling of dynamic PET data. EJNMMI Phys 1 (Suppl 1), A43 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/2197-7364-1-S1-A43
- Kinetic Parameter
- Compartment Model
- Multiple Sample
- Simultaneous Estimation
- Collect Blood Sample