In the glucose analog method for determining local glucose utilization rates, time courses of tissue and plasma radioactivity are measured and then analyzed in terms of first-order exchange of label between tissue compartments. The rate of glucose utilization is assumed to have a fixed, linear relationship to the analog phosphorylation rate calculated from the fitted rate constants. Accurate estimation of the rate constants requires many hours of dynamic data acquisition. Therefore, techniques assuming a linear relationship between analog phosphorylation rate and total tissue concentration of label were developed to predict glucose utilization rates from a single scan. Previously reported linearizations differ in their sensitivity to differences between current and average kinetic rate constants, and thus in their accuracy. We have developed a method that is insensitive to the presumed value of the blood flow-capillary wall transport parameter k1. This new single-scan approach has been validated by comparison of the single-scan metabolic rate values with the values calculated from the dynamic measurements.