Eric Sabondjian

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UNLABELLED Neither intravenous nor intracoronary routes provide targeted stem cell delivery to recently infarcted myocardium in sufficient quantities. Direct routes appear preferable. However, most prior studies have used epicardial injections, which are not practical for routine clinical use. The objective of this study was to compare cell retention and(More)
Attenuation correction (AC) is a critical step in the reconstruction of quantitatively accurate positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. Several groups have proposed magnetic resonance (MR)-based AC algorithms for application in hybrid PET/MR systems. However, none of these approaches have been tested(More)
PURPOSE A challenge with cardiac cell therapy is determining the location of cells relative to infarct tissue. As cells are viable following ¹¹¹In-labeling, and first-pass CT imaging can identify regions of myocardial infarction, we evaluated the feasibility of a SPECT/CT system to localize cells relative to infarcted myocardium in a canine model. METHODS(More)
Stem cell transplantation following AMI has shown promise for the repair or reduction of the amount of myocardial injury. There is some evidence that these treatment effects appear to be directly correlated to cell residence time. This study aims to assess the effects of (a) the timing of stem cell injection following myocardial infarction, and (b) flow(More)
INTRODUCTION When we irradiate lung cancer, the radiation dose that can be delivered safely is limited by the risk of radiation pneumonitis (RP) in the surrounding normal lung. This risk is dose-dependent and is commonly predicted using metrics such as the V20, which are usually formulated assuming homogeneous pulmonary function. Because in vivo pulmonary(More)
INTRODUCTION Image truncation in nuclear medicine is a common problem that can lead to artifacts in reconstructed images. We evaluate a modified single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) acquisition and reconstruction method for truncated SPECT, which is guided by nontruncated CT. The method nearly eliminates truncation(More)
Regenerative therapy via stem cell transplantation has received increased attention to help treat the myocardial injury associated with heart disease. Currently, the hybridisation of SPECT with X-ray CT is expanding the utility of SPECT. This thesis compared two SPECT/CT systems for attenuation correction using slow or fast-CT attenuation maps (μmaps). We(More)
Attenuation correction (AC) in PET/MRI is difficult as there is no clear relationship between MR signal and 511 keV attenuation coefficients (μ) as there is with CT. One approach is to register a pre-defined atlas of μ to the PET/MRI for AC. However, the design of the atlas may strongly influence the quantitative accuracy of the AC. Here we compare 3(More)
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