The invention disclosed herein discloses selected ribose isomers that are useful as PET probes (e.g. [18F]-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-arabinose). These PET probes are useful, for example, in methods designed to monitor physiological processes including ribose metabolism and/or to selectively observe certain tissue/organs in vivo. The invention disclosed herein further provides methods for making and using such probes.
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 This work was supported by NCI Cancer Education Grant R25 CA 098010 from the National Cancer Institute and by grant DE-SC0001249 from the Department of Energy. The Federal Government has certain rights in this invention.