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A brain imaging agent developed by University of Missouri scientists helps diagnosticians identify problems.

The brain is a complex and delicate organ. When something goes awry, investigating the problem can be difficult—and frightening for patients. Brain imaging techniques allow doctors and researchers to view activity and/or problems without invasive neurosurgery.

Developed by University of Missouri scientists, Ceretec was the first brain imaging agent to be invented and is still in wide use. Often used following a stroke to determine
the amount of blood taken up by brain cells, Ceretec lets doctors know whether some parts of the brain are less active than others.

It is also utilized in abdominal imaging to help locate stomach infections and inflammatory bowel disease. Blood is taken from a patient and processed to separate the white blood cells, which are then incubated with Ceretec to make them radioactive.  The cells are then returned to the body. Based on where they congregate, imaging experts are able to make a diagnosis. The radioactivity used is negligible and does not cause dizziness, nausea, chills or other uncomfortable symptoms.

Ceretec helps doctors find answers, so they can set patients on the road to recovery.

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine