Manoj K. Jain, MD, discusses diagnostic tracers in prostate cancer.
Manoj K. Jain, MD, nuclear medicine specialist, radiologist, Mayo Clinic, discusses diagnostic tracers in prostate cancer.
F-18 fluciclovine (Axium) is commonly used at academic institutions because C-11 choline has a short half-life and requires an onsite cyclotron for the production of the tracer and for use, says Jain. However, one of the drawbacks of F-18 fluciclovine is that the supply from the vendor is only accessible on limited days.
However, Mayo Clinic is in the process of getting a cyclotron approval. After that, Mayo Clinic will be using C-11 choline, because it will be more readily available and will allow for easier scheduling, says Jain.