Simultaneous Preclinical Positron Emission Tomography-Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Lymphatic Drainage of Chelator-Free Cu-Labeled Nanoparticles

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BACKGROUND: Hybrid positron emission tomography (PET)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems have been taken in use as new clinical diagnostic tools including detection and therapy planning of cancer. To reduce the amount of contrast agents injected in patients while fully benefitting both modalities, dual-modality probes are required.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was first aimed at developing a hybrid PET-MRI probe by labeling superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) with 64Cu using a fast and chelator-free conjugation method, and second, to demonstrate the ability of the agent to target sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in vivo using simultaneous PET-MRI imaging.

RESULTS: High labeling efficiency of 97% produced within 10-15 min was demonstrated at room temperature. 64Cu-SPIONs were chemically stable in mouse serum for 24 h and after intradermal injection in the hind paw of C57BL/6J mice, demonstrated specific accumulation in the SLN. Simultaneous PET-MRI clearly demonstrated visualization of 64Cu-SPIONs, in dynamic and static imaging sequences up to 24 h after administration.

CONCLUSION: The use of a single hybrid probe and simultaneous hybrid imaging provides an efficient, complementary integration of quantitation and is expected to improve preoperative planning and intraoperative guidance of cancer treatments.


External organisations
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Yale University
  • Stony Brook University
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  • Cancer and Oncology
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug
Publication categoryResearch