Novel PET tracer could identify bacterial infections

October 15, 2017

Researchers from Stanford University are reporting promising early results in the development of a novel PET radiopharmaceutical designed to identify most bacterial infections. Their findings were published in the October issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

The PET tracer 6"-F-18-fluoromaltotriose is a derivative of maltose. If the researchers' efforts are successful, the imaging agent potentially could replace the tissue biopsy and/or blood and culture tests used to diagnose bacterial infection.