A procedure for the routine preparation of [18F]FP-CIT has been developed. Purification of the final product was achieved by preparative HPLC using phenethyl column without decomposition or epimerization. [18F] labeled-N-fluoropropyl-2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)nortropane was prepared and PET imaging was performed on human subjects. A high uptake into striatal regions was observed. HPLC plasma analysis using [18F]FP-CIT indicated the presence of only one metabolite. By directly comparing the behavior of these three radiotracers ([18F]DOPA, [123I]FP-CIT, and [18F]FP-CIT) in the same subjects, we can enhance our understanding of the dopaminergic system as well as the relative potential of these techniques in a clinical research setting.
- dopamine transporter imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research
- Molecular Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging