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Study evaluates new PET technique in assessing insulin-making cells in diabetes

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found that PET with radioactive manganese chloride was able to measure the quantity and activity of beta cells, which are associated with insulin production, in the pancreas of mouse models with diabetes. The approach, described in the journal Diabetes, may have reduced toxicity in detecting and analyzing beta cells, compared with other magnetic resonance techniques, and may be used in evaluating treatments aimed at slowing or reversing diabetes progression, said researcher Weibo Cai.

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