Volumetric registration framework for multimodal functional magnetic resonance and optoacoustic tomography of the rodent brain

Irmak Gezginer, Zhenyue Chen, Hikari A.I. Yoshihara, Xosé Luís Deán-Ben, Daniel Razansky

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Abstract

Optoacoustic tomography (OAT) provides a non-invasive means to characterize cerebral hemodynamics across an entire murine brain while attaining multi-parametric readouts not available with other modalities. This unique capability can massively impact our understanding of brain function. However, OAT largely lacks the soft tissue contrast required for unambiguous identification of brain regions. Hence, its accurate registration to a reference brain atlas is paramount for attaining meaningful functional readings. Herein, we capitalized on the simultaneously acquired bi-modal data from the recently-developed hybrid magnetic resonance optoacoustic tomography (MROT) scanner in order to devise an image coregistration paradigm that facilitates brain parcellation and anatomical referencing. We evaluated the performance of the proposed methodology by coregistering OAT data acquired with a standalone system using different registration methods. The enhanced performance is further demonstrated for functional OAT data analysis and characterization of stimulus-evoked brain responses. The suggested approach enables better consolidation of the research findings thus facilitating wider acceptance of OAT as a powerful neuroimaging tool to study brain functions and diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100522
JournalPhotoacoustics
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Image registration
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Mouse brain atlas
  • Mouse brain template
  • Multimodal imaging
  • Optoacoustic tomography

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