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Imaging the human placental microcirculation with micro-focus computed tomography: Optimisation of tissue preparation and image acquisition

Pratt, R; Hutchinson, JC; Melbourne, A; Zuluaga, MA; Virasami, A; Vercauteren, T; Ourselin, S; ... David, AL; + view all (2017) Imaging the human placental microcirculation with micro-focus computed tomography: Optimisation of tissue preparation and image acquisition. Placenta , 60 pp. 36-39. 10.1016/j.placenta.2017.09.013. Green open access

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Abstract

Micro-CT provides 3D volume imaging with spatial resolution at the micrometre scale. We investigated the optimal human placenta tissue preparation (contrast agent, perfusion pressure, perfusion location and perfusion vessel) and imaging (energy, target material, exposure time and frames) parameters. Microfil (Flow Tech, Carver, MA) produced better fill than Barium sulphate (84.1%(±11.5%)vs70.4%(±18.02%) p = 0.01). Perfusion via umbilical artery produced better fill than via chorionic vessels (83.8%(±17.7%)vs78.0%(±21.9%), p < 0.05), or via umbilical vein (83.8%(±16.4%)vs69.8%(±20.3%), p < 0.01). Imaging at 50 keV with a molybdenum target produced the best contrast to noise ratio. We propose this method to enable quantification and comparison of the human fetoplacental vascular tree.

Type: Article
Title: Imaging the human placental microcirculation with micro-focus computed tomography: Optimisation of tissue preparation and image acquisition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.placenta.2017.09.013
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.placenta.2017.09.013
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Micro-CT, Optimisation, Perfusion, Contrast
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Inst for Women's Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Inst for Women's Health > Maternal and Fetal Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10039405
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