Unsupervised deconvolution of dynamic imaging reveals intratumor vascular heterogeneity

06/14/2013 ∙ by Li Chen, et al. ∙ 0

Intratumor heterogeneity is often manifested by vascular compartments with distinct pharmacokinetics that cannot be resolved directly by in vivo dynamic imaging. We developed tissue-specific compartment modeling (TSCM), an unsupervised computational method of deconvolving dynamic imaging series from heterogeneous tumors that can improve vascular phenotyping in many biological contexts. Applying TSCM to dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI of breast cancers revealed characteristic intratumor vascular heterogeneity and therapeutic responses that were otherwise undetectable.

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