Method of simulation and visualization of FDG metabolism based on VHP image
FDG ([18F] 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose) is the typical tracer used in clinical PET (positron emission tomography) studies. The FDG-PET is an important imaging tool for early diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumor and functional disease. The main purpose of this work is to propose a method that represents FDG metabolism in human body through the simulation and visualization of 18F distribution process dynamically based on the segmented VHP (Visible Human Project) image dataset. First, the plasma time-activity curve (PTAC) and the tissues time-activity curves (TTAC) are obtained from the previous studies and the literatures. According to the obtained PTAC and TTACs, a set of corresponding values are assigned to the segmented VHP image, Thus a set of dynamic images are derived to show the 18F distribution in the concerned tissues for the predetermined sampling schedule. Finally, the simulated FDG distribution images are visualized in 3D and 2D formats, respectively, incorporated with principal interaction functions. As compared with original PET image, our visualization result presents higher resolution because of the high resolution of VHP image data, and show the distribution process of 18F dynamically. The results of our work can be used in education and related research as well as a tool for the PET operator to design their PET experiment program.
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