Cyril Lorenzato1, Alexandru Cernicanu2, Baudouin Denis de Senneville1, Pierre Smirnov1, Marie-Edith Meyre3, Matthieu Germain3, Mario Ries1, Chrit Moonen1
1Molecular and Functional Imaging: from Physiology to Therapy (IMF), Bordeaux, France; 2Philips Healthcare, Suresnes, France; 3Nanobiotix, Paris, France
Thermosensitive magnetoliposomes (TSM) can be prepared to contain drugs as well as super paramagnetic contrast agent. This would allow heat induced drug release, while detecting the release by simultaneously imaging relaxivity changes. Here, we propose a fast dynamic MRI method to simultaneously monitor temperature, T2*, and T1-changes in a gel doped with USPIO-charged TSM during heating. From a sigmoidal fit to the ∆T1 evolution the half-time of release at each voxel is obtained as well as estimate of the temperature of release, effectively characterizing the heat-induced release of USPIO from the TSM.