Longitudinal study of a mouse model of chronic pulmonary inflammation using breath hold gated micro-CT Articles uri icon


  • Artaechevarria, X.
  • BLANCO, D.
  • Pérez-Martín, D.
  • De Biurrun, G.
  • Montuenga, L.M.
  • de Torres, J.P.
  • Zulueta, J.J.
  • Bastarrika, G.

publication date

  • November 2010

start page

  • 2600

end page

  • 2608


  • 11


  • 20

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0938-7994


  • Abstract: Objectives: To evaluate thefeasibility of using automatic quantita-tive analysis of breath hold gatedmicro-CT images to detect and monitordisease in a mouse model of chronic pulmonary inflammation, and to com-pare image-based measurements with pulmonary function tests and histo-morphometry. Material and methods: Forty-nine A/J mice were used, divided into control and inflammation groups. Chronic inflammation was induced by silica aspiration. Fourteen animals wereimaged at baseline, and 4, 14, and 34 weeks after silica aspiration, using micro-CT synchronized with ventilator-induced breath holds. Lung input impedance was measured as well using forced oscillation techniques. Five additional animals from each group were killed after micro-CT for com-parison with histomorphometry. Results: At all time points, micro-CT measurements show statistically sig-nificant differences between the two groups, while first differences infunctional test parameters appear at 14 weeks. Micro-CT measurements correlate well with histomorphometry and discriminate diseased and healthy groups better than functional tests. Conclusion: Longitudinal studies using breath hold gated micro-CT are fea-sible on the silica-induced model of chronic pulmonary inflammation, and automatic measurements from micro-CT images correlate well with histo-morphometry, being more sensitive than functional tests to detect lung damage in this model.


  • x-ray micro-ct; lung inflammation; breath hold gating; segmentation; animal disease model; animal experiment; animal model; animal tissue; article; breath holding; controlled study; disease model; histopathology; longitudinal study; lung function test; micro-computed tomography; morphometrics; mouse; nonhuman; oscillation; pneumonia; priority journal; airway resistance; animals; chronic disease; lung; lung compliance; lung volume measurements; mice; inbred strains; microradiography; respiratory-gated imaging techniques; tomography; x-ray computed; total lung capacity