Ex vivo evaluation of mouse brain elasticity using high-frequency ultrasound elastography

Fang Yi Lay, Pei Yu Chen, Hsiang Fan Cheng, Yu Min Kuo, Chih Chung Huang

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Objective: Most neurodegenerative diseases are highly linked with aging. The mechanical properties of the brain should be determined for predicting and diagnosing age-related brain diseases. A preclinical animal study is crucial for neurological disease research. However, estimation of the elasticity properties of different regions of mouse brains remains difficult because of the size of the brain. In this paper, high-frequency ultrasound elastography (HFUSE) based on shear wave imaging was proposed for mapping the stiffness of the mouse brain at different ages ex vivo. Methods: For HFUSE, a 40-MHz ultrasound array transducer with an ultrafast ultrasound imaging system was used in this paper. The accuracy and resolution during HFUSE were determined through a mechanical testing system and by conducting phantom experiments. Results: In the experiments, the error in the elastic modulus measurement was approximately 10% on average, and the axial resolution was 248 μm. Animal testing was conducted using mice that were 4 (young aged) and 11 (middle aged) months old. The elasticity distributions of the cortex and hippocampus in the mouse brains were obtained through HFUSE. Conclusion: The average shear moduli of the cortex and hippocampus were 3.84 and 2.33 kPa for the 4-month-old mice and 3.77 and 1.94 kPa for the 11-month-old mice, respectively. No statistical difference was observed in the cortex stiffness of mice of different ages. However, the hippocampus significantly softened with aging.

頁(從 - 到)3426-3435
期刊IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
出版狀態Published - 2019 12月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 生物醫學工程


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