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Co-registration of fluorescence diffuse optical tomography (fDOT) with Positron emission tomography (PET) and development of multi-angle fDOT

Abstract : This thesis concerns the image processing of fluorescence diffuse optical tomography (fDOT), following two axes: FDOT image co-registration with PET (positron emission tomography) image and improvement of fDOT image reconstructions using mirrors to collect additional projections. It is presented in two parts:In the first part, an automatic method to co-register the fDOT images with PET images has been developed to correlate all the information from each modality. This co-registration method is based on automatic detection of fiducial markers (FM) present in both modalities. The particularity of this method is the use of optical surface image obtained in fDOT imaging system, which serves to identify the Z position of FM in optical images. We tested this method on a model of mice bearing tumor xenografts of MEN2A cancer cells that mimic a human medullary thyroid carcinoma, after a double injection of radiotracer [18F] 2-fluoro-2-Deoxy-D-glucose ( FDG) for PET imaging and optical fluorescent infrared tracer Sentidye. With the accuracy of our method, we can demonstrate that the signal of Sentidye is present both in the tumor and surrounding vessels.The fDOT reconstruction image quality is degraded along the Z axis due to a limited number of projections for reconstruction. In the second part, the work is oriented towards a new method of fDOT image reconstruction with a new multi-angle data acquisition system in placing two mirrors on each side of the animal. This work was conducted in collaboration with the CS Department of University College London (UCL), a partner of the European project FMT-XCT. TOAST software developed by this team was used as source code for the reconstruction algorithm, and was modified to adapt to the concerned problem. After several tests on the adjustment of program parameters, we applied this method on a phantom that simulating the biological tissue and on mice. The results showed an improvement in the reconstructed image of a semi-cylindrical phantom and the image of mouse kidney, for which the reconstruction of the mirrors geometry is better than that of conventional geometry without mirror. Nevertheless, we observed that the results were very sensitive to certain parameters, where the performance of reconstruction varies from one case to another. Future prospectives concern the optimization of parameters in order to generalize the multi-angle approach.
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Xiao Tong. Co-registration of fluorescence diffuse optical tomography (fDOT) with Positron emission tomography (PET) and development of multi-angle fDOT. Other [cond-mat.other]. Université Paris Sud - Paris XI, 2012. English. ⟨NNT : 2012PA112251⟩. ⟨tel-00795178⟩



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