Thu 21 Jan 13:00: Molecular Imaging for the Improved Visualization and Treatment of Cancer

Molecular Imaging for the Improved Visualization and Treatment of Cancer

The use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for cancer imaging is a well-established and widely used molecular imaging modality both in clinical and research settings. PET offers the ability to quantitatively measure biological and receptor-based processes using a wide spectrum of specifically designed radiopharmaceuticals. The use of PET is expanding and the inclusion of longer-lived radiometal positron-emitters is broadening the application and appeal of this imaging modality. The remarkable specificity and selectivity of antibodies for cancer biomarkers have made immunoglobulins some of the most flexible and adaptable tools in modern medicine. For therapeutic purposes, a wide range of non-labeled antibodies has now entered the clinic. Antibody-based PET and SPECT imaging agents are not far behind. For example, an array of 89Zr-labeled radioimmunoconjugates has shown significant promise in both preclinical and clinical studies. This presentation will discuss the clinical deployment of radiolabeled antibodies for both imaging and endoradiotherapy of cancer.

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