Amyloid PET Imaging: Standardization and Integration with Other Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers

  • Silvia MorbelliEmail author
  • Matteo Bauckneht
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1750)


Amyloid plaques are a neuropathologic hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which can be imaged through positron emission tomography (PET) technology using radiopharmaceuticals that selectively bind to the fibrillar aggregates of amyloid-β plaques (Amy-PET). Several radiotracers for amyloid PET have been investigated, including 11C-Pittsburgh compound B and the 18F-labeled compounds such as 18F-florbetaben, 18F-florbetapir, and 18F-flutemetamol. Besides the injected radiotracer, images can be interpreted by means of visual/qualitative, semiquantitative, and quantitative criteria. Here we summarize the main differences between the available radiotracers for Amy-PET, the proposed interpretation criteria, and analytical methods.

Key words

Amyloid PET Biomarkers Alzheimer’s disease Brain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nuclear Medicine Unit, Polyclinic San Martino HospitalGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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