Valentina Vivaldi

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BACKGROUND Compartmental analysis is a standard method to quantify metabolic processes using fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). For liver studies, this analysis is complex due to the hepatocyte capability to dephosphorylate and release glucose and FDG into the blood. Moreover, a tracer is supplied to the liver by both the hepatic(More)
Compartmental models based on tracer mass balance are extensively used in clinical and pre-clinical nuclear medicine in order to obtain quantitative information on tracer metabolism in the biological tissue. This paper is the first of a series of two that deal with the problem of tracer coefficient estimation via compartmental modeling in an inverse problem(More)
This paper utilizes compartmental analysis and a statistical optimization technique in order to reduce a compartmental model describing the metabolism of labelled glucose in liver. Specifically, we first design a compartmental model for the gut providing as output the tracer concentration in the portal vein. This quantity is then used as one of the two(More)
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