NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,098 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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(... FLOO-dee-OK-see-GLOO-kose)
A radioactive form of glucose used in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. 18F-fludeoxyglucose is given by intravenous injection. It gets taken up by cells in the body and a PET scanner is used to find which cells in the body have taken it up. Since more of it is taken up by abnormal cells, including cancer cells, than by normal cells, it can be used to find cancer cells in the body and to diagnose cancer and other conditions. 18F-fludeoxyglucose is a type of radiopharmaceutical. Also called fluorine F 18-fludeoxyglucose.