Imaging β-amyloid using [18F]flutemetamol positron emission tomography: from dosimetry to clinical diagnosis

  • Kerstin HeurlingEmail author
  • Antoine Leuzy
  • Eduardo R. Zimmer
  • Mark Lubberink
  • Agneta Nordberg
Review Article


In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the deposition of β-amyloid (Aβ) is hypothesized to result in a series of secondary neurodegenerative processes, leading ultimately to synaptic dysfunction and neuronal loss. Since the advent of the first Aβ-specific positron emission tomography (PET) ligand, 11C-Pittsburgh compound B ([11C]PIB), several 18F ligands have been developed that circumvent the limitations of [11C]PIB tied to its short half-life. To date, three such compounds have been approved for clinical use by the US and European regulatory bodies, including [18F]AV-45 ([18F]florbetapir; Amyvid™), [18F]-BAY94-9172 ([18F]florbetaben; Neuraceq™) and [18F]3′-F-PIB ([18F]flutemetamol; Vizamyl™). The present review aims to summarize and discuss the currently available knowledge on [18F]flutemetamol PET. As the 18F analogue of [11C]PIB, [18F]flutemetamol may be of use in the differentiation of AD from related neurodegenerative disorders and may help with subject selection and measurement of target engagement in the context of clinical trials testing anti-amyloid therapeutics. We will also discuss its potential use in non-AD amyloidopathies.


β-amyloid [18F]Flutemetamol Vizamyl Positron emission tomography Mild cognitive impairment Alzheimer’s disease 


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Conflicts of interest

KH is a former employee at GE Healthcare (Uppsala, Sweden). AL, ERZ, ML and AN declare no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerstin Heurling
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antoine Leuzy
    • 2
  • Eduardo R. Zimmer
    • 3
    • 4
  • Mark Lubberink
    • 1
  • Agneta Nordberg
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Section of Nuclear Medicine and PET, Department of Surgical SciencesUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department NVS, Centre for Alzheimer Research, Division of Translational Alzheimer NeurobiologyKarolinska InstitutetHuddingeSweden
  3. 3.Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (BraIns)Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  4. 4.Department of BiochemistryFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  5. 5.Department of Geriatric MedicineKarolinska University Hospital HuddingeStockholmSweden

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