Micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) coupled with tissue, or vascular, specific contrast agent has emerged as a powerful tool for detecting and monitoring tumor growth in the liver of murine animals. Intravenous injections of contrast agents can be technically challenging and lead to errors that can considerably influence the outcome of a preclinical study, prompting an alternative method. Here we assessed the effectiveness of intraperitoneal injections of polyiodinated triglycerides emulsions (Fenestra LC) in micro-CT imaging of young SCID (8 weeks) and old BALB/c (48 weeks) mice with xenografit or carcinogen-induced liver tumors, respectively, and determined an optimal acquisition time. Utilizing an intraperitoneal injection is a viable alternative administration route for using Fenestra in detection and quantification of murine liver tumor burden.
- Fenestra LC
- Liver cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)