Automated synthesis of [18F]fluorocholine using a modified GE TracerLab module


The automated radiosynthesis of [18F]fluorocholine was carried out using a modified reactor design in the GE TracerLab FX(FDG) module. This PET imaging tracer was synthesized in two steps and involved the generation of nucleophilic [18F]fluoride using Kryptofix 2.2.2 technology. The first step was the synthesis of [18F]fluorobromomethane by the reaction of dibromomethane with [18F]fluoride mediated by Kryptofix 2.2.2. Then the substrate N,N-dimethylaminoethanol was N-alkylated with [18F]fluorobromomethane to give the [18F]fluorocholine as the bromide salt. Purification of the salt using Sep-Pak silica gel gave [18F]fluorocholine in a radiochemical purity ≥99% area. This new reactor design in the TracerLab module produced high radiochemical purity and reproducible yields of [18F]fluorocholine. Furthermore, this automated approach could be implemented for routine PET imaging of oncological disease states in the Nuclear Medicine clinical setting.

Keywords: automated radiosynthesis; positron emission tomography; fluorine radioisotopes; choline; 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose; radiopharmaceuticals.

Citation: Sperandeo A, Ficola U, Quartuccio N, Kitson SL, Mansi L, Cistaro A. Automated synthesis of [18F]fluorocholine using a modified GE TracerLab module. Journal of Diagnostic Imaging in Therapy. 2014; 1(1):49-58.

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Received: 02 September 2014 | Revised: 19 September 2014 | Accepted: 19 September 2014

Published Online 21 September 2014

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