Kathleen Vunckx

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In this study 'second generation' AnxV was specifically labeled with (99m)Tc in three different ways outside the binding region of the protein to obtain an improved target-to-background activity ratio. The compounds were tested in vitro and in vivo in normal mice and in a model of hepatic apoptosis (anti-Fas mAb). The apoptosis binding was most prominent(More)
In emission tomography, image reconstruction and therefore also tracer development and diagnosis may benefit from the use of anatomical side information obtained with other imaging modalities in the same subject, as it helps to correct for the partial volume effect. One way to implement this, is to use the anatomical image for defining the a priori(More)
Accurate lesion metabolic response estimation is imperative for efficient tumor staging and follow-up studies. Positron emission tomography (PET) successfully images the lesion metabolic activity. Nonetheless, on course of accurate delineation, chances are high to end up with activity underestimation as, due to the limited resolution, the PET images suffer(More)
AIMS Mono-[(123)I]iodohypericin ([(123)I]MIH) has been reported to have high avidity for necrosis. In the present study, by using rabbit models of acute myocardial infarction, we explored the suitability of [(123)I]MIH micro single photon emission computed tomography (microSPECT) for non-invasive visualization of myocardial infarcts in comparison with(More)
Identification of myocardial infarction (MI) by imaging is critical for clinical management of ischemic heart disease. Iodine-123-labeled hypericin (¹²³I-Hyp) is a new potent infarct avid agent. We sought to compare target selectivity and organ distribution between ¹²³I-Hyp and the myocardial perfusion agent, technetium-99m-labeled hexakis [2-methoxy(More)
UNLABELLED Automated voxel-based or pre-defined volume-of-interest (VOI) analysis of small-animal PET data in mice is necessary for optimal information usage as the number of available resolution elements is limited. We have mapped metabolic ([(18)F]FDG) and dopamine transporter ([(18)F]FECT) small-animal PET data onto a 3D Magnetic Resonance Microscopy(More)
In a search for an infarct avid tracer agent with improved properties, we have observed that bis-DTPA derivatives of pamoic acid have a high avidity for necrotic tissue. Here, we report the synthesis, radiolabeling, and preliminary evaluation in normal mice and rats with hepatic infarction of the (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl complexes of N,(More)
With Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), images of minute concentrations of tracer molecules can be acquired, allowing in vivo molecular imaging. For human imaging, the SPECT system has a modest spatial resolution of 5-15 mm, a large field of view and a high sensitivity. Using multi-pinhole SPECT, one can trade in field of view for(More)
A novel cys-annexin A5 with a single cysteine-residue at its concave side has been developed by site-directed mutagenesis to allow conjugation through thiol-chemistry without affecting its apoptotic cell binding properties and was derivatized with HYNIC in a 1:1 stoichiometry. Similar to that of the 1st generation 99mTc-HYNIC-annexin A5, the novel(More)
Early after therapy, 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-d-glucose ([18F]FDG) imaging is not always reliable due to the influx of inflammatory cells while apoptosis imaging offers a direct and early measurement of therapy effects. This study uses an improved apoptosis probe (99mTc-hAnxA5) in combination with [18F]FDG imaging to evaluate therapy response. Daudi tumor(More)