Radiopharmaceuticals Fluorodexyglucose: what's the purpose of the radiopharmaceutical?
Hello, everyone! I've heard about Fluorodexyglucose, which is now under intense focus from Rosatom. Why is it so? What's the purpose of the radiopharmaceutical?
Hi! It's actually a pretty interesting molecule. Once in the body, it behaves in almost the same way as ordinary glucose, but due to the fact that one hydroxyl group is replaced by fluorine, fluorodeoxyglucose accumulates in the cell and doesn't break down further. Due to the fact that the substance is labeled with radioactive fluorine, it can be "tracked". It's known, for example, that cancer cells consume more glucose in the body than healthy cells. Thus, using fluorodeoxyglucose, one can roughly estimate the presence and location of cancer cells in the body
@elizaveta-msu wow, cool! Information about cancer is a really useful one!
I've also read that fluorodeoxyglucose was used to probe the structure of the brain. Glucose is most actively absorbed by those areas of the brain that are most active at the moment (when performing a specific action). Brain areas associated with various activities have been identified using fluorodeoxyglucose and positron emission tomography technology
@elizaveta-msu cancer is a really important target today...