Ex vivo microangioCT: Advances in microvascular imaging

Hlushchuk, Ruslan; Haberthür, David; Djonov, Valentin (2019). Ex vivo microangioCT: Advances in microvascular imaging. Vascular pharmacology, 112, pp. 2-7. Elsevier 10.1016/j.vph.2018.09.003

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Therapeutic modulation of angiogenesis is believed to be a prospective powerful treatment strategy to modulate the microcirculation and therefore help millions of patients with cardiovascular and cancer diseases. The often-frustrating results from late-stage clinical studies indicate an urgent need for improved assessment of the pro- and anti-angiogenic compounds in preclinical stage of investigation. For such a proper assessment, detailed vascular visualization and adequate quantification are essential. Nowadays, there are few imaging modalities available, but none of them provides non-destructive 3D-visualization of the vasculature down to the capillary level. In many instances, the approaches cannot be combined with the subsequent histological or ultrastructural analysis.

In this review, we address the latest developments in the microvascular imaging, namely, the microangioCT approach with a polymer-based contrast agent (μAngiofil). This approach allows time-efficient non-destructive 3D-imaging of the organ and its vasculature including the finest capillaries. Besides the superior visualization, the obtained detailed 3D information on the organ vasculature enables its 3D-skeletonization and further quantitative analysis.

Probably the only significant limitation of the described approach is that it can be used only ex vivo, i.e., no longitudinal studies.

In spite of this drawback, microangioCT with μAngiofil is a relatively simple and straightforward tool with a broad application range for studying physiological and pathological alterations in the microvasculature of any organ. It provides microvascular imaging at unprecedented level and enables correlative microscopy.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy > Functional Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy > Topographical and Clinical Anatomy
09 Interdisciplinary Units > Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC)

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Hlushchuk, Ruslan, Haberthür, David, Djonov, Valentin Georgiev


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








David Christian Haberthür

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05 Oct 2018 10:55

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