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Tracking and characterizing the head motion of unanaesthetized rats in positron emission tomography


Kyme, A and Meikle, S and Baldock, C and Fulton, R, Tracking and characterizing the head motion of unanaesthetized rats in positron emission tomography, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 9, (76) pp. 3094-3107. ISSN 1742-5689 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 The Royal Society

DOI: doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0334


Positron emission tomography (PET) is an important in vivo molecular imaging technique for translational research. Imaging unanaesthetized rats using motion-compensated PET avoids the confounding impact of anaesthetic drugs and enables animals to be imaged during normal or evoked behaviour. However, there is little published data on the nature of rat head motion to inform the design of suitable marker-based motion-tracking set-ups for brain imaging - specifically, set-ups that afford close to uninterrupted tracking. We performed a systematic study of rat head motion parameters for unanaesthetized tube-bound and freely moving rats with a view to designing suitable motion-tracking set-ups in each case. For tube-bound rats, using a single appropriately placed binocular tracker, uninterrupted tracking was possible greater than 95 per cent of the time. For freely moving rats, simulations and measurements of a live subject indicated that two opposed binocular trackers are sufficient (less than 10% interruption to tracking) for a wide variety of behaviour types. We conclude that reliable tracking of head pose can be achieved with marker-based optical-motion-tracking systems for both tube-bound and freely moving rats undergoing PET studies without sedation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rat head motion, motion tracking, brain imaging, positron emission tomography
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Medical and biological physics
Research Field:Medical physics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baldock, C (Professor Clive Baldock)
ID Code:116132
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Strategic Research Funding
Deposited On:2017-05-02
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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