Metabolic imaging in cancer diagnostics
Cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring rely on molecular imaging methods which, however, cannot fully portray disease heterogeneity. To address this problem, the EU-funded CHyMERA project proposes to develop a novel technology that can image cancer phenotypes. The approach measures the kinetics of glucose flux through different metabolic pathways under different tumour microenvironment conditions and their association with cell proliferation. The CHyMERA methodology has a strong potential for clinical translation and is expected to improve specificity to cancer diagnosis and monitoring of treatment response.