Molecular-Functional Imaging of Hypoxia in Childhood Sarcomas

2017-02-17 13:23:21 | BioPortfolio


This study will test the feasibility of using novel/existing imaging technologies focused on hypoxia measurements to determine "response to therapy" in pediatric soft tissue sarcomas as a pilot study. Specifically, the investigators will compare the sensitivity of Blood Oxygen Level Dependent [BOLD], Diffusion-Weighted [DW] MRI, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) and 18F-FAZA PET-MRI with that of conventional MRI to detect measurement changes between the start and completion of neoadjuvant therapy ("response to therapy") in children and adolescents (7-18 years) with suspicion of sarcoma tumors. Clinicians and scientists may use results of the proposed hypoxia-imaging surrogate markers to adjust/modify therapeutic schemes to patients on a personalized basis.

Study Design




18F-FAZA (F18-Fluoroazomycin Arabinoside), Blood Oxygen Level Dependent [BOLD] MRI, Diffusion-Weighted [DW] MRI, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy [MRS]


The Hospital for Sick Children
M5G 1X8


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The Hospital for Sick Children

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