A radio-nano-platform for T1/T2 dual-mode PET-MR imaging

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Purpose: This study aimed to develop a chelate-free radiolabeled nanoparticle platform for simultaneous positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging that provides contrast-enhanced diagnostic imaging and significant image quality gain by integrating the high spatial resolution of MR with the high sensitivity of PET. Methods: A commercially available super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (SPION) (Feraheme®, FH) was labeled with the [89Zr]Zr using a novel chelate-free radiolabeling technique, heat-induced radiolabeling (HIR). Radiochemical yield (RCY) and purity (RCP) were measured using size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and radio-thin layer chromatography (radio-TLC). Characterization of the non-radioactive isotope90Zr-labeled FH was performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Simultaneous PET-MR phantom imaging was performed with different89Zr-FH concentrations. The MR quantitative image analysis determined the contrast-enhancing properties of FH. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and full-width half-maximum (FWHM) of the line spread function (LSF) were calculated before and after coregistering the PET and MR image data. Results: High RCY (92%) and RCP (98%) of the [89Zr]Zr-FH product was achieved. TEM analysis confirmed the90Zr atoms adsorption onto the SPION surface (≈ 10% average radial increase). Simultaneous PET-MR scans confirmed the capability of the [89Zr]Zr-FH nanoplatform for this multi-modal imaging technique. Relative contrast image analysis showed that [89Zr]Zr-FH can act as a dual-mode T1/T2 contrast agent. For co-registered PET-MR images, higher spatial resolution (FWHM enhancement ≈ 3) and SNR (enhancement ≈ 8) was achieved at a clinical dose of radio-isotope and Fe. Conclusion: Our results demonstrate FH is a highly suitable SPION-based platform for chelate-free labeling of PET tracers for hybrid PET-MR. The high RCY and RCP confirmed the robustness of the chelate-free HIR technique. An overall image quality gain was achieved compared to PET-or MR-alone imaging with a relatively low dosage of [89Zr]Zr-FH. Additionally, FH is suitable as a dual-mode T1/T2 MR image contrast agent.




Gholami, Y. H., Yuan, H., Wilks, M. Q., Maschmeyer, R., Normandin, M. D., Josephson, L., … Kuncic, Z. (2020). A radio-nano-platform for T1/T2 dual-mode PET-MR imaging. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 15, 1253–1266. https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S241971

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