Evaluation of technetium-99m-L,L-EC in renal transplant recipients: a comparative study with technetium-99m-MAG3 and iodine-125-OIH
Stoffel, M Jamar, F Van Nerom, C Verbruggen, Alfons Mourad, M Leners, N Squifflet, J P Beckers, C #
Journal of Nuclear Medicine vol:35 issue:12 pages:1951-8
The clinical usefulness of kit-formulated 99mTc-L,L-EC, a new renal tubular tracer agent based on a diaminodithiol ligand was evaluated in a large population of renal transplant recipients. METHODS: Fifty patients with transplants were studied. Five patients with renal insufficiency and five normal volunteers were also included to extend the range of renal function values. The labeling efficiency of 99mTc-L,L-EC in routine conditions, i.e., without HPLC purification, and the safety of the tracer were evaluated. RESULTS: The mean radiochemical purity of 99mTc-L,L-EC determined by thin-layer chromatography was 97.4%. No side effects or significant biochemical changes were observed. The clearance of 99mTc-L,L-EC and 125I-OIH ranged from 10.7 to 417.5 and from 27.6 to 602.7 ml/min/1.73 m2, respectively. The clearance of 99mTc-L,L-EC and 99mTc-MAG3 averaged respectively 71% and 52% of that of 125I-OIH. CONCLUSION: The labeling procedure of kit-formulated 99mTc-L,L-EC is easy and efficient. This tracer is safe and suitable for both imaging and quantitative measurement of the renal tubular function. Technetium-99m-L,L-EC represents an excellent alternative to 99mTc-MAG3.