18F-Fluorodopamine PET Studies of Neuroblastoma and Pheochromocytoma
PET (positron emission tomography) scans combined with a radioactive tracer will be used to
identify and analyze tumors. Currently, the most common tracer used to analyze neuroblastoma
tumors is called 123I-mIBG. However, the picture it provides is not always clear enough to
see the very small areas of the disease.
18F-DA (18F-fluorodopamine) has been shown to be safe and more effective than 123I-mIBG in
analyzing the tumor pheochromocytoma, which is closely related to neuroblastoma.
With this research study, the investigators plan to meet the following goals:
- Investigate to see if 18F-DA is safe to administer to pediatric patients...