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Exploration of a micro-reactor for the synthesis of NCA 11C-and 18F-labeled carboxylic esters

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The Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine represents the major scientific and professional event in the field of nuclear medicine in Europe. Specialists from all allied professions meet to discuss the latest findings and discoveries. A very large industrial exhibition demonstrates the latest technological innovations and developments. This Highlights Lecture summarises the scientific and medical advances discussed at this important gathering. The lecture covers a significant proportion of the data presented and/or discussed in up-to-date reviews, and places some of the trends encountered in the context of the evolution of the field as a whole. There is much food for thought in most areas of nuclear medicine: advances in instrumentation and data processing, progress in radiochemistry and pharmacy, novel diagnostics and therapeutics, and new insights in known areas of clinical application such as neurology and psychiatry, cardiology, oncology, endocrine disorders, paediatrics, nephro-urology and musculoskeletal disorders. This Highlights Lecture is, however, only a brief resume of the vast amount of data discussed, which can be found in much greater detail in the Congress Proceedings, published as volume 31, supplement 2 of Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging in August 2004.
Miniaturization of PET radiosynthesis devices (micro-reactors or microfluidic systems) is an emerging area that has the potential to deliver many advantages, such as more efficient use of hot-cell space for production of multiple radiotracers; use of less non-radioactive precursor for saving precious material and a reduced separation challenge; highly controlled, reproducible and reliable radiotracer production; and cheap, interchangeable, disposable and quality-assured radiochemistry processors. Several 'proof of principle' examples along with basics of micro-reactor flow control, mixing principle and design, and device fabrication are discussed in this chapter.
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