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Nucl Med Commun. 1998 Dec;19(12):1177-9.

The effect of mitomycin-C on the biodistribution of 99Tcm-MDP in Balb/c mice.

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  • 1Instituto Nacional do Câncer, Centro de Pesquisa Básica, Praça Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.


Drug therapy can alter the biodistribution of radiopharmaceuticals. We studied the effect of mitomycin-C, a drug used in oncology, on the biodistribution in mice of 99Tcm-methylene diphosphonic acid (99Tcm-MDP). Three doses of mitomycin-C were administered. After the last dose, 99Tcm-MDP was injected and the animals were killed. The organs were isolated, their weight determined and the percent per gram injected dose (%ID/g) calculated. The %ID/g had increased in the pancreas, ovary, stomach, uterus, kidneys, spleen, thymus, heart, liver and lungs, but did not change significantly in thyroid, bone or brain. As a change in 99Tcm-MDP uptake by bone is not observed, a modification to bone scintigraphy is not required. As mitomycin-C treatment altered 99Tcm-MDP uptake in some organs, any hot spots should be evaluated carefully to avoid a misdiagnosis.

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