In a comparison study of three commonly employed (99m)Tc brain imaging pharmaceuticals, 16 patients with proven brain lesions had imaging performed with DTPA, glucoheptonate, and pertechnetate over a short interval of time. Lesion detectability was assessed by a data processing system which evaluated average lesion-to-background activity ratios for each patient examination. Statistical analysis of the resultant data demonstrated a significant improvement (20%) in lesion-to-background ratio in favor of one hour delayed DTPA images versus two hour delayed pertechnetate images. Comparison of one hour delayed DTPA images with one hour delayed glucoheptonate images did not reveal a significant difference in lesion-to-background ratio. The authors conclude that both Tc-DTPA and Tc-glucoheptonate are superior alternatives to pertechnetate when employed in the manner described.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging