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Abstract #4170

Multi-Parametric MR Imaging for Anti-Angiogenic Tumor Treatment Monitoring a Preclinical Study

Janine Ring1, Stefanie Remmele2, Walter Heindel1, Thorsten Persigehl1, Christoph Bremer1

1Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital of Muenster, Muenster, Germany; 2Medical Imaging Systems, Philips Research Europe, Hamburg, Germany

Sensitive tools for early monitoring of anti-angiogenic tumor treatment are desired. Therefore, tumor bearing nude mice were treated with a multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor and investigated by USPIO enhanced steady state MRI and diffusion weighed imaging (DWI) before and after treatment. In response to therapy, the decrease in R2*- and vessel size maps clearly visualized the decrease in blood supply and the ADC-maps showed a water diffusion increase, reflecting the reduced tumor tissue cellularity. Histological analysis confirmed the MR-results, underlining that multi-parametric MR imaging allows for anti-angiogenic tumor treatment monitoring by non-invasive visualization of tumor microvascular and cellularity changes.