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This paper presents a fully automated method for atlas-based whole-body segmentation in non-contrast-enhanced Micro-CT data of mice. The position and posture of mice in such studies may vary to a large extent, complicating data comparison in cross-sectional and follow-up studies. Moreover, Micro-CT typically yields only poor soft-tissue contrast for(More)
In cancer surgery, intra-operative assessment of the tumor-free margin, which is critical for the prognosis of the patient, relies on the visual appearance and palpation of the tumor. Optical imaging techniques provide real-time visualization of the tumor, warranting intra-operative image-guided surgery. Within this field, imaging in the near-infrared light(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study is the development of a three-dimensional multicellular spheroid cell culture model for the longitudinal comparative and large-scale screening of cancer cell proliferation with noninvasive molecular imaging techniques under controlled and quantifiable conditions. PROCEDURES The human glioblastoma cell line Gli36DeltaEGFR was(More)
In this paper, we propose a fully automated articulated registration approach for whole-body 3D data of mice. The method is based on a hierarchical anatomical model of the skeletal system where we specified position and degrees of freedom for each joint. Model fitting is performed by traversing a hierarchical part-tree, which enables a coarse-to-fine(More)
PURPOSE Using three publicly available small-animal atlases (Sprague-Dawley rat, MOBY, and Digimouse), we built three articulated atlases and present several applications in the scope of molecular imaging. PROCEDURES Major bones/bone groups were manually segmented for each atlas skeleton. Then, a kinematic model for each atlas was built: each joint(More)
BACKGROUND Despite a plethora of bioluminescent reporter genes being cloned and used for cell assays and molecular imaging purposes, the simultaneous monitoring of multiple events in small animals is still challenging. This is partly attributable to the lack of optimization of cell reporter gene expression as well as too much spectral overlap of the(More)
This paper explores new methods to visualize and fuse multi-2D bioluminescence imaging (BLI) data with structural imaging modalities such as micro CT and MR. A geometric, back-projection-based 3D reconstruction for superficial lesions from multi-2D BLI data is presented, enabling a coarse estimate of the 3D source envelopes from the multi-2D BLI data. Also,(More)
In recent years, molecular imaging gained significant importance in biomedical research. Optical imaging developed into a modality which enables the visualization and quantification of all kinds of cellular processes and cancerous cell growth in small animals. Novel gene reporter mice and cell lines and the development of targeted and cleavable fluorescent(More)
Traumatic brain injury is a major public health concern and is characterised by both apoptotic and necrotic cell death in the lesion. Anatomical imaging is usually used to assess traumatic brain injuries and there is a need for imaging modalities that provide complementary cellular information. We sought to non-invasively image cell death in a mouse model(More)
Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) has shown its appeal as a sensitive technique for in vivo whole body optical imaging. However, the development of injectable tumor-specific near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probes makes fluorescence imaging (FLI) a promising alternative to BLI in situations where BLI cannot be used or is unwanted (e.g., spontaneous transgenic(More)