Patrick Antkowiak1, Anthony Bruce1, Nicholas Palacio1, Heather Ansorge2, Aaron Barere2, Shayn Peirce-Cottler3, Frederick H. Epstein3
1University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States; 2LifeCell Corporation, Branchburg, NJ, United States; 3Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States
Regenerative tissue matrix is widely used to enhance tissue repair. Vascularization is a critical element of enhancing tissue repair with tissue matrix because a blood supply is needed to support tissue regeneration. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) is widely used to quantify changes in vascularity in various disease settings. We tested the hypothesis that DCE-MRI could noninvasively quantify serial changes in vascularity over time after implantation of a regenerative tissue matrix in mice. We measured stepwise increases of vascularity in the tissue matrix, while vascularity within skeletal muscle remained unchanged. Histology corroborated the increase in vasculature in the matrix through time.