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First human Cerenkography.
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PMID:  23334715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
ABSTRACT. Cerenkov luminescence imaging is an emerging optical preclinical modality based on the detection of Cerenkov radiation induced by beta particles when traveling though biological tissues with a velocity greater than the speed of light. We present the first human Cerenkography obtained by detecting Cerenkov radiation escaping the thyroid gland of a patient treated for hyperthyroidism. The Cerenkov light was detected using an electron multiplied charge coupled device and a conventional C-mount lens. The system set-up has been tested by using a slab of ex vivo tissue equal to a 1 cm slice of chicken breast in order to simulate optical photons attenuation. We then imaged for 2 min the head and neck region of a patient treated orally 24 h before with 550 MBq of I-131. Co-registration between photographic and Cerenkov images showed a good localization of the Cerenkov light within the thyroid region. In conclusion, we showed that it is possible to obtain a planar image of Cerenkov photons escaping from a human tissue. Cerenkography is a potential novel medical tool to image superficial organs of patients treated with beta minus radiopharmaceuticals and can be extended to the imaging of beta plus emitters.
Antonello Enrico Spinelli; Marco Ferdeghini; Carlo Cavedon; Emanuele Zivelonghi; Riccardo Calandrino; Alberto Fenzi; Andrea Sbarbati; Federico Boschi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biomedical optics     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1560-2281     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biomed Opt     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9605853     Medline TA:  J Biomed Opt     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20502     Citation Subset:  IM    
San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Medical Physics Department and Centre for Experimental Imaging, Via Olgettina N. 60, Milan 20182, Italy.
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