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Extravascular chest wall technetium 99m diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid: implications for the measurement of renal function during renography.

Measurement of individual kidney glomerular filtration rate (IKGFR) from the gamma-camera technetium 99m diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid (99mTc-DTPA) renogram requires a continuous measurement of arterial activity. This is usually based on a region of interest (ROI) placed over the cardiac blood pool on the posterior view, with the assumption of negligible contamination from activity in the extravascular space of the chest wall. By injecting a small dose of technetium 99m human serum albumin (HSA) before the 99mTc-DTPA in 12 patients undergoing routine renography, the contribution of extravascular activity to the total signal recorded over the cardiac blood pool was calculated to be 11.0% (SE 2.1%) 1.5 min after DTPA injection, rising to 35.1% (SE 2.5%) at 15 min. Subtraction of the time-activity curve recorded from a ROI of the same size over the right lung generated a "pure" blood signal as shown by almost identical HSA/DTPA signal ratios recorded in blood samples taken 5 min after HSA and 15 min after DTPA and from the gamma-camera at the corresponding times. The effect of using a cardiac blood pool time-activity curve uncorrected for extravascular activity was to overestimate IKGFR by an average factor of 1.17 (SE 0.03).[1]


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