Positron emission tomography and radioimmunotargeting - General aspects

Hans Lundqvist, Mark Lubberink, Vladimir Tolmachev, Anna Lövqvist, Anders Sundin, Soheir Beshara, Alexander Bruskin, Jörgen Carlsson, Jan Erik Westlin

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To optimize radioimmunotherapy, in vivo information on individual patients, such as radionuclide uptake, kinetics, metabolic patterns and optimal administration methods, is important. An overriding problem is to determine accurately the absorbed dose in the target organ as well as critical organs. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a superior technique to quantify regional kinetics in vivo with a spatial resolution better than 1 cm3 and a temporal resolution better than 10 s. However, target molecules often have distribution times of several hours to days. Conventional PET nuclides are not applicable and alternative positron-emitting nuclides with matching half-lives and with suitable labelling properties are thus necessary. Over many years we have systematically developed convenient production methods and labelling techniques of suitable positron nuclides, such as 110In(T 1/2 = 1.15 h), 86Y(T 1/2 = 14 h), 76Br(T 1/2 = 16 h) and 124I(T 1/2 = 4 days). 'Dose planning' can be done, for example, with 86Y- or 124I-labelled ligands before therapy, and 90Y- and 131I-labelled analogues and double-labelling, e.g. with a 86Y/90Y-labelled ligand, can be used to determine the true radioactivity integral from a pure beta- emitting nuclide. The usefulness of these techniques was demonstrated in animal and patient studies by halogen-labelled MAbs and EGF-dextran conjugates and peptides chelated with metal ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-341
Number of pages7
JournalActa Oncologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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