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Technetium-99m diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC): comparison with thallium-201 DDC as an agent for brain imaging.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of radiation applications and instrumentation. Part A, Applied radiation and isotopes
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
8
Pages
665–668
Identifiers
PMID: 2822625
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Technetium-99m diethyldithiocarbamate (99mTc-DDC) was prepared by reduction of [99mTc]pertechnetate with formamidine sulfinic acid in the presence of DDC at alkaline pH, both from extemporaneous solutions and in a kit formulation. The properties of 99mTc-DDC were compared in vitro and in vivo with those of 201Tl-DDC, an agent used for cerebral perfusion imaging (CPI). 99mTc-DDC is a lipophilic complex but its oil/water partition coefficient is lower than that of 201Tl-DDC. 99mTc-DDC also shows greater binding to plasma proteins. Studies in rabbits show that 99mTc-DDC enters the brain but is not retained to the same extent as 201Tl-DDC. This lack of retention may be because 99mTc-DDC does not decompose rapidly in lipid media as 201Tl-DDC does. These results suggest that 99mTc-DDC in its present formulation is not suitable for CPI with SPECT.

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