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First cancer patient has new metabolic imaging technique in UK trial

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 11 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2044
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A patient with cancer has become the first in Europe to undergo scanning with a new metabolic imaging technique, in a UK trial designed to assess whether it can rapidly detect a drug treatment’s effectiveness at killing cancer cells.

The imaging technique uses hyperpolarised pyruvate, a breakdown product of glucose that is labelled with non-radioactive carbon-13 ([1-13C] pyruvate), to characterise alterations in tumour metabolism non-invasively. …

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