High-yielding, automated production of 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]fluorothymidine using a modified Bioscan Coincidence FDG reaction module

Yiu-Yin Cheung, Michael L Nickels, Eliot T McKinley, Jason R Buck, H Charles Manning
Applied Radiation and Isotopes 2015, 97: 47-51

INTRODUCTION: High-yielding, automated production of a PET tracer that reflects proliferation, 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]fluorothymidine ([(18)F]FLT), is reported using a modified Bioscan Coincidence FDG reaction module.

METHODS: Production of [(18)F]FLT was implemented through: (1) modification of an original FDG manifold; (2) application of an alternate time sequence; and (3) altered solid-phase extraction (SPE) purification. Quality control testing, including standard radiochemical figures of merit and preclinical positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, was carried out.

RESULTS: High decay-corrected yields of [(18)F]FLT (16-39%) were reproducibly obtained. The product exhibited very high specific activity (4586.9TBq/mmol; 123,969Ci/mmol) and radiochemical purity (>99%). Overall, the [(18)F]FLT produced in this manner was superior to typical productions that utilized a GE TRACERlab FXF-N reaction module. Additionally, purification with SPE cartridges, followed by manual elution, accelerated overall run time and resulted in a two-fold increase in [(18)F]FLT concentration. PET imaging showed the [(18)F]FLT produced by this method was highly suitable for non-invasive tumor imaging in mice.

CONCLUSIONS: The Bioscan Coincidence GE FDG Reaction Module was readily adapted to reproducibly provide [(18)F]FLT in high yield, specific activity, and radiochemical purity. The approach was suitable to provide sufficient amounts of material for preclinical studies.

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