Special Issue "PET Chemistry in Molecular Imaging"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Paul Schaffer
Head, Nuclear Medicine, TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2A3
Website: http://www.triumf.ca/nrcan-nisp/triumf-team
E-Mail: pschaffer@triumf.ca
Phone: +1 604 222 7696
Fax: +1 604 222 1074
Interests: radiochemistry; radiopharmaceutical development; molecular imaging; positron emission tomography, radioisotope production and applications

Special Issue Information


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Published Papers (7 papers)

Molecules 2013, 18(7), 7930-7956; doi:10.3390/molecules18077930
Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 21 June 2013 / Accepted: 3 July 2013 / Published: 5 July 2013
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Molecules 2013, 18(6), 7271-7278; doi:10.3390/molecules18067271
Received: 1 May 2013; in revised form: 16 May 2013 / Accepted: 4 June 2013 / Published: 20 June 2013
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Molecules 2013, 18(6), 7160-7178; doi:10.3390/molecules18067160
Received: 1 April 2013; in revised form: 10 May 2013 / Accepted: 8 June 2013 / Published: 19 June 2013
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Molecules 2013, 18(6), 6469-6490; doi:10.3390/molecules18066469
Received: 26 March 2013; in revised form: 24 May 2013 / Accepted: 29 May 2013 / Published: 3 June 2013
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Molecules 2013, 18(6), 6311-6355; doi:10.3390/molecules18066311
Received: 29 March 2013; in revised form: 16 May 2013 / Accepted: 24 May 2013 / Published: 29 May 2013
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Molecules 2013, 18(5), 5335-5347; doi:10.3390/molecules18055335
Received: 8 April 2013; in revised form: 16 April 2013 / Accepted: 3 May 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Molecules 2013, 18(5), 5005-5031; doi:10.3390/molecules18055005
Received: 25 March 2013; in revised form: 13 April 2013 / Accepted: 19 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Microfluidics: A Groundbreaking Technology for PET Tracer Production?
Authors: C. Rensch 1, A. Jackson 2, S. Lindner 3, R. Horvath-Klein 1, V. Samper 1, S. Riese 2, C. Wängler 3,4 and B. Wängler 5
Affiliations: 1 GE Global Research, Germany
2 GE Healthcare, UK / Germany
3 Klinik und Poliklinik für Nuklearmedizin, Klinikum der Universität München, Germany
4 Biomedizinische Chemie, IKRN, Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universitär Heidelberg, Germany
5 Molekulare Bildgebung und Radiochemie, IKRN, Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract: Microfluidics applied to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracer synthesis has gained increasing interest within the last decade. Among these, especially capillary-based microfluidic systems have entered the commercial space. The main advantages of microfluidics for PET tracer synthesis such as reduced reaction time, increased synthesis yield, highly efficient reaction optimization, reduced consumption of expensive reagents and a perspective towards a reduced system footprint have been successfully demonstrated recently. Furthermore, the processing of radioactivity levels required for routine production, employment of microfluidic produced PET tracer doses to preclinical and clinical imaging as well as feasibility studies on autoradiolytic decomposition at a microfluidic scale gave promising results. Thus, microfluidics has shown to result in a highly favorable technical advantage. Howver, the number of microfluidic synthesizers utilized for commercial routine production of PET tracers is yet very limited which is due to remaining challenges depending on system architecture, such as reproducibility, reliability, compliance to good manufacturing practice (GMP), cost of goods per synthesis and convenience of use that remain to be addressed. Hence, the question which seems to remain is about the engineering vehicle that enables microfluidic technology for routine PET tracer production. This study reviews the state of the art in microfluidic PET tracer synthesis, it highlights critical design aspects, strengths, weaknesses and presents the big picture of the diverse PET market space which is thought to have a significant impact on research, development and engineering of microfluidic devices in this field. Furthermore, aspects such as cost per dose, back-to-back, single dose, cyclotron to quality control integration, small and large batch tracer production as well as centralized versus de-centralized market distribution models are addressed.

Last update: 12 March 2013

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