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View in Spanish: Cobre Cu 64-ATSM

Copper Cu 64-ATSM (KAH-per …)
A substance being studied in PET imaging to detect certain types of tumors. Copper Cu 64 is a radioactive substance. It is linked to ATSM, which is taken up by tissues that have low levels of oxygen, such as some tumor tissues. A PET scanner is used to detect which cells in the body have taken up copper Cu 64-ATSM. It is a type of radioimaging agent.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.