Progress of Coordination and Utilization of Zirconium-89 for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Studies

  • Minh Thanh La
  • Van Hieu Tran
  • Hee-Kwon KimEmail author


Radiometals have been commonly used in medical applications, and utilization of such metals continues to be an attractive research area. In particular, a variety of radiometals have been developed and implemented for molecular imaging. For such applications, 89Zr has been one of the most interesting radiometals currently used for tumor targeting. Several chemical ligands were developed as 89Zr chelators, and new coordinating methods have also been developed more recently. In addition, immuno-positron emission tomography (PET) studies using 89Zr-labeled monoclonal antibodies have been performed by several scientists. In this review, recent advances to the coordination of 89Zr and the utilization of 89Zr in PET studies are described.


89Zr Positron emission tomography (PET) Coordination Ligand 



This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2018R1D1A1B07047572).

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Minh Thanh La, Van Hieu Tran, and Hee-Kwon Kim declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Imaging & Therapeutic Medicine Research Center, Cyclotron Research Center, Biomedical Research InstituteChonbuk National University Medical School and HospitalJeonjuRepublic of Korea

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