PET sheds light on chronic soft-tissue pain, study finds

10/30/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

Scientists suggest the physiological process involved in chronic soft-tissue pain such as tennis elbow can be explored using PET with C-11 GR205171, which binds to neurokinin 1 receptors. PET results from scans of 10 people with chronic tennis elbow showed high levels of NK1 in the affected area, compared with the other arm, according to findings published in the journal PLoS One. Researchers are planning to develop less costly markers to make the approach accessible for routine clinical practice.

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