Dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE-) MRI is often used to evaluate the response to experimental antiangiogenic therapies in small animal models of cancer. Unfortunately, DCE-MRI studies often require a substantial investment of both time and money to achieve the desired level of statistical significance. Multiple-mouse MRI has previously been used to improve imaging efficiency, but its feasibility for DCE-MRI has not been investigated. The purpose of this work was to determine if multiple-mouse DCE-MRI is feasible when using gadolinium-based contrast agents with a low molecular weight. A population of tumor-bearing mice was scanned using two four-element arrays and a single-coil configuration on a 4.7T, 40 cm bore Bruker Biospec MRI scanner. Pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated and compared to determine if a significant difference between methodologies existed. With both four-animal imaging configurations, animal throughput accelerations of just less than three were achieved and quantitative data were not significantly different than from single-animal acquisitions.
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