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Molecules 2019, 24(3), 640; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24030640

Therapeutic Radiometals: Worldwide Scientific Literature Trend Analysis (2008–2018)

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Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, University of Ferrara, Via Ludovico Ariosto, 35-44121 Ferrara, Italy
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Nuclear Medicine Unit, University Hospital, Via Aldo Moro, 8-44124 Ferrara, Italy
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Legnaro National Laboratories, Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (LNL-INFN), Viale dell’Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro (PD), Italy
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Radiology University Unit, University Hospital, Via Aldo Moro, 8-44124 Ferrara, Italy
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Bibliometric and Databases Unit, Research Office, University of Ferrara, Via Ludovico Ariosto, 35-44121 Ferrara, Italy
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Received: 15 January 2019 / Revised: 6 February 2019 / Accepted: 8 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
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Academic journals have published a large number of papers in the therapeutic nuclear medicine (NM) research field in the last 10 years. Despite this, a literature analysis has never before been made to point out the research interest in therapeutic radionuclides (RNs). For this reason, the present study aims specifically to analyze the research output on therapeutic radiometals from 2008 to 2018, with intent to quantify and identify global trends in scientific literature and emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of this research field. The data search targeted conventional (131I, 90Y, 177Lu, 188Re, 186Re, 153Sm, 89Sr, 186Er) and emergent (67Cu, 47Sc, 223Ra, 166Ho, 161Tb, 149Tb, 212Pb/212Bi, 225Ac, 213Bi, 211At, 117mSn) RNs. Starting from this time frame, authors have analyzed and interpreted this scientific trend quantitatively first, and qualitatively after. View Full-Text
Keywords: therapeutic radiometals; therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals; radionuclide therapy therapeutic radiometals; therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals; radionuclide therapy
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Uccelli, L.; Martini, P.; Cittanti, C.; Carnevale, A.; Missiroli, L.; Giganti, M.; Bartolomei, M.; Boschi, A. Therapeutic Radiometals: Worldwide Scientific Literature Trend Analysis (2008–2018). Molecules 2019, 24, 640.

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