High speed (200 ms temporal resolution) functional computed tomography was used to demonstrate tumor vascular heterogenelty with 0.05 µl spatial resolution. Vascular topologies were investigated in 2 human small cell lung cancer lines implanted either s.c. or as a tissue isolated preparation in immunocompromised mice. Peripheral versus central vascular topology was identified in the s.c. and tissue-isolated preparations, respectively. Pharmacokinetic analysis demonstrated that tumor physiology was influenced by cell line (P = 0.016) and not by location (P > 0.6). This new technique has the potential to characterize individual tumors in patients with minimal invasiveness, permitting more detailed prognosis and management.
Supported by R35-CA-56591 to R. K. J.