Applications of magnetic resonance in model systems: Tumor biology and physiology

Robert J. Gillies, Zaver M. Bhujwalla, Jeffrey Evelhoch, Michael Garwood, Michal Neeman, Simon P. Robinson, Christopher H. Sotak, Boudewijn Van Der Sanden

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Abstract

A solid tumor presents a unique challenge as a system in which the dynamics of the relationship between vascularization, the physiological environment and metabolism are continually changing with growth and following treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) studies have demonstrated quantifiable linkages between the physiological environment, angiogenesis, vascularization and metabolism of tumors. The dynamics between these parameters continually change with tumor aggressiveness, tumor growth and during therapy and each of these can be monitored longitudinally, quantitatively and non-invasively with MRI and MRS. An important aspect of MRI and MRS studies is that techniques and findings are easily translated between systems. Hence, pre-clinical studies using cultured cells or experimental animals have a high connectivity to potential clinical utility. In the following review, leaders in the field of MR studies of basic tumor physiology using pre-clinical models have contributed individual sections according to their expertise and outlook. The following review is a cogent and timely overview of the current capabilities and state-of-the-art of MRI and MRS as applied to experimental cancers. A companion review deals with the application of MR methods to anticancer therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-151
Number of pages13
JournalNeoplasia
Volume2
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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Keywords

  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Tumor Metabolism
  • Tumor Oxygenation
  • Tumor Perfusion
  • Tumor pH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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Gillies, R. J., Bhujwalla, Z. M., Evelhoch, J., Garwood, M., Neeman, M., Robinson, S. P., Sotak, C. H., & Van Der Sanden, B. (2000). Applications of magnetic resonance in model systems: Tumor biology and physiology. Neoplasia, 2(1-2), 139-151. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.neo.7900076