New PET tracer for Alzheimer's holds promise

August 27, 2012

A Siemens Healthcare research team has moved forward in testing a new PET imaging agent that may be used to detect Alzheimer's disease in patients.

Study results published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease show that the PET tracer [18F]-T808 selectively targets neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) of tau protein — a diagnostic biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.