Lipophilicity can be used to estimate blood-brain barrier permeability in PET (brain) biomarker development.
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"Halogenated 4-(Phenoxymethyl)piperidines as Potential Radiolabeled Probes for σ-1 Receptors: In Vivo Evaluation of [123I]-1-(Iodopropen-2-yl)-4-[(4-cyanophenoxy)methyl]piperidine" J Med Chem 1997, 40, 1657-67 and references therein. (Lipophilicity estimation: LogP 7.5 value is determined by reverse-phase HPLC with non-radioactive 'cold' compounds)
"An admonition when measuring the lipophilicity of radiotracers using counting techniques" Appl Radiat Isot 2001, 54, 203-8. (also known as, "Pre-washing Shake flask" method; A radiolabeled compound is necessary for the determination of lipophilicity.)
"Determination of lipophilicity and its use as a predictor of blood-brain barrier penetration of molecular imaging agents" Mol Imaging Biol 2003, 5, 376-89. (Review)