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Previously, we reported new methods for ultrasound signal characterization using entropy, Hf; a generalized entropy, the Renyi entropy, If(r); and a limiting form of Renyi entropy suitable for real-time calculation, If,∞. All of these quantities demonstrated significantly more sensitivity to subtle changes in scattering architecture than energy-based methods in certain settings. In this study, the real-time calculable limit of the Renyi entropy, If,∞, is applied for the imaging of angiogenic murine neovasculature in a breast cancer xenograft using a targeted contrast agent. It is shown that this approach may be used to reliably detect the accumulation of targeted nanoparticles at five minutes post-injection in this in vivo model.
Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:57 , Issue: 8 )
Date of Publication: August 2010