Long-circulating liposomal contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) is a dynamic technique for imaging vasculature. However, the currently used gadolinium (Gd) chelates, such as Gd-DTPA, restrict the time window for image acquisition due to their rapid elimination from blood and their rapid diffusion into the extravascular space, which prevents their use in steady-state imaging, particularly for MR angiography (MRA). The goal of this study was to prepare long-circulating polyethylene glycol-bearing ((PEG)ylated) liposomes encapsulating Gd chelate, and characterize and demonstrate their utility for MRA. The liposomes were prepared by hydrating a mixture of lipids with gadodiamide (Omniscan). The liposomes were sized down to around 100 nm by extruder and exhaustively dialysed to remove the unencapsulated gadodiamide. The Gd liposomes exhibited a significant sustained (>4 hr) contrast enhancement of the vasculature with improved spatial details in a rat model with little leakage relative to Gd-DTPA controls as shown by MRI. We suggest that such long-circulating liposomal formulations allow for high spatial resolution imaging without the confounding effects of clearance and extravascular diffusion of the agent complicating the data and image analysis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ayyagari, AL; Zhang, X; Ghaghada, KB; Annapragada, A; Hu, X; Bellamkonda, RV

Published Date

  • May 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1023 - 1029

PubMed ID

  • 16586449

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-2594

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0740-3194

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mrm.20846


  • eng