Keiko Miyazaki1, Matthew R. Orton1, David John Collins1, James A. d'Arcy1, Toni Wallace2, Lucas Moreno3, Andrew Pearson3, Stergios Zacharoulis3, Martin O. Leach1, Dow-Mu Koh2
1CR-UK and EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, The Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom; 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom; 3Department of Paediatric Oncology, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom
The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility and challenges of obtaining arterial input functions from paediatric DCE-MRI studies. Preliminary analysis of AIFs obtained from paediatric DCE-MRI data have shown it is possible to obtain consistent AIFs using a power injector. Inconsistencies in hand-injected AIFs found in this study have highlighted the need to optimize modes of contrast agent delivery through central lines. This is an ongoing study whereby further data will continue to be acquired in order to build a more representative paediatric population AIF that would enable quantitative DCE-MRI data analyses in paediatric clinical trial settings.