A modified Simplified Reference Tissue Model for the quantification of dopamine D2/3 receptors with [18F]Fallypride images

Master program titleMaster en neuroscience
Defense date2014

Defluorination of [18F]Fallypride and accumulation of 18F in skull and glands leads to the contamination of brain structures with spillover activity due to partial volume effects, leading to considerable errors in binding potential estimations. Here, we propose a modification of the SRTM to take into account the contribution of skull activity to the radioactivity kinetic pattern in cerebellum and target regions. It consists in the introduction of an additional parameter for each volume of interest (VOI) (sT) and one for cerebellum (sR), corresponding to the fraction of skull activity contaminating these structures. Using five rat PET experiments we applied the modified SRTM (SRTMc), which resulted in excellent fits. As a relative means of comparison of results, we applied Factor Analysis (FA) to decompose dynamic data into images corresponding to brain and skull activity. With the skull factor images we estimated the “true” sT and sR values, ultimately permitting to fix the sR value. Parameters obtained with SRTMc were closely correlated with values obtained from FA-corrected data. In conclusion, we propose an efficient method for reliable quantification of D2/3 receptors with single-injection [18F]Fallypride scans, that is potentially applicable to human studies where 18F skull accumulation compromises binding parameter estimation.

  • Dopamine D2/3 receptors
  • Fallypride
  • Kinetic modeling
  • PET
  • Factor Analysis
Citation (ISO format)
TSARTSALIS, Stergios. A modified Simplified Reference Tissue Model for the quantification of dopamine D<sub>2/3</sub> receptors with [<sup>18</sup>F]Fallypride images. 2014.
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