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8 March 2012 Applications of Imaging Technology in Radiation Research
MingDe Lin, Edward F. Jackson
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Imaging research and advances in systems engineering have enabled the transition of medical imaging from a means for accomplishing traditional anatomic visualization (i.e., orthopedic planar film X ray) to a means for noninvasively assessing a variety of functional measures. Perfusion imaging is one of the major highlights in functional imaging. In this work, various methods for measuring perfusion using widely-available commercial imaging modalities and contrast agents, specifically X ray and MR (magnetic resonance), will be described. The first section reviews general methods used for perfusion imaging, and the second section provides modality-specific information, focusing on the contrast mechanisms used to calculate perfusion-related parameters. The goal of these descriptions is to illustrate how perfusion imaging can be applied to radiation biology research.

MingDe Lin and Edward F. Jackson "Applications of Imaging Technology in Radiation Research," Radiation Research 177(4), 387-397, (8 March 2012).
Received: 8 June 2011; Accepted: 1 February 2012; Published: 8 March 2012

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