Combined microPET/CT for imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma in mice

Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2009 Jan 1;14:2193-202. doi: 10.2741/3371.


The EGF-transgenic mouse is a genetic model of hepatocellular carcinoma that allows for a comprehensive study of signal pathways, molecular interactions and the evaluation of novel therapeutic concepts. In this regard, non-invasive imaging tools for serial in-vivo monitoring of tumor load and growth are highly desirable. This study therefore aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of non-invasive in-vivo imaging of primary liver malignancies in mice using combined contrast-enhanced microCT and F-18 FDG microPET. In our murine disease model, microCT enabled imaging of primary liver tumors down to a lesional diameter of 0.9 mm. F-18 FDG tumor-to-non-tumor ratio of HCCs was observed to be dependent on lesion size and linked to overpression of glucose transporters and hexokinase isoenzymes as determined by gene expression studies. Histopathologic analyses indicated an increased cellular dedifferentiation with increase lesion size, as well.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Liver Neoplasms, Experimental / diagnostic imaging*
  • Liver Neoplasms, Experimental / genetics
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*