PET imaging of hypoxia

Q J Nucl Med. 2001 Jun;45(2):183-8.


Hypoxia in tumors has been related to poor response to conventional therapies. This paper will discuss the methods, both invasive and non-invasive, used to determine hypoxia levels within tumors. PET imaging with two lead compounds 18F-fluoromisonidazole (18FMISO) and Cu(II)-diacetyl-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazone (Cu-ATSM) and their relative effectiveness in delineating hypoxic regions will be discussed. The advantages of Cu-ATSM-PET over existing imaging agents will be discussed along with its potential application as a direct- and/or surrogate marker for the determination of oncological hypoxia in vivo.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Hypoxia*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed*