. 18F-flutemetamol amyloid imaging has strong concordance with cortical biopsy histopathology. Human Amyloid Imaging 2011 Meeting Abstracts. 2011 Jan 15;


Objective: To determine the correspondence of in vivo quantitative estimates of brain uptake of 18F-flutemetamol with immunohistochemical estimates of amyloid levels in previously biopsied patients.

Background: The development of molecular imaging techniques to evisualizef amyloid in vivo represents a major achievement in the study of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In addition to a potential role in early diagnosis, molecular imaging is likely to play a critical role in drug development. 11C-Pittsburgh Compound B (11C-PIB) is the most wellstudied PET amyloid imaging tracer, but its widespread use is limited by the short half-life of carbon-11 requiring on-site production. 18F-flutemetamol is similar to 11C-PIB, except for the presence of fluorine-18, a radionuclide with a longer half-life. Preliminary work suggests 18F-flutemetamol may have similar imaging properties to 11C-PIB.

Methods: We recruited patients for 18F-flutemetamol PET scanning who previously had undergone venticuloperitoneal shunting for presumed Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. A right frontal cortical biopsy was obtained routinely at the site of shunt insertion. Quantitative measures of 18F-flutemetamol uptake were made at a location contralateral to the biopsy site and compared to estimates of amyloid load based on immunohistochemical and histological staining.

Results: Seven patients underwent PET scans obtained ~3 to 45 months after biopsy. A regression model, including time from biopsy as a covariate, demonstrated a significant relationship (p = 0.011) between 18F-flutemetamol uptake and percent area of amyloid measured by a monoclonal antibody raised against amyloid (NAB228). Similar results were found with the amyloid specific monoclonal antibody 4G8 and Thioflavin S. Blinded visual reads demonstrated a sensitivity (n = 4) and specificity (n = 3) of 100% with the pathologic specimens.

Conclusions: This data is the first to demonstrate the strong concordance of 18F-flutemetamol PET imaging with histopathology, supporting its sensitivity to detect amyloid. As a fluorine-18 based compound, this tracer has great potential for widespread clinical and research use.


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