Effect of specific activity on cardiac uptake of iodine-123-MIBG

Jamshid Farahati*, Dirk Bier, Maximilian Scheubeck, Michael Lassmann, Lutz F. Schelper, Inge Grelle, Heribert Hanscheid, Johannes Biko, Karl Heinz Graefe, Christoph Reiners

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Radioiodinated meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), an analog of norepinephrine, has been used to assess myocardial sympathetic innervation. Recent in vivo studies predict enhanced cardiac uptake of this radiopharmaceutical with high specific activity. Methods: To clarify the effect of specific activity on cardiac uptake of radioiodinated MIBG, the distribution and kinetics of no-carrier-added [123I]MIBG (≤TBq/mol) were compared with those of commercial [123I]MIBG (~74 M/Bq/μmol) in three healthy volunteers by serial imaging and blood sampling. Results: Higher specific activity result in higher uptake of radioiodinated MIBG in all volunteers in the heart (p < 0.05) and liver (p < 0.05) but not in the lung (p = 0.26). Due to rapid deiodination, a more pronounced accumulation of radioactivity was present in plasma after no-carrier-added MIBG than commercial [123I]MIBG, resulting in higher background and thyroid activity after administration of the former. Calculated heart-to-liver (p = 0.96) and heart-to-lung (p = 0.42) count ratios in all volunteers revealed no significant improvement in cardiac imaging with nocarrier-added [123I]MIBG compared to commercial [123I]MIBG. Conclusion: This study highlights the appreciably higher in vivo deiodination of no-carrier-added [123I]MIBG compared to commercial preparation of [123I]MIBG in humans. Cardiac images acquired with no-carrier-added [123I]MIBG do not seem to be superior to those obtained with commercial MIBG.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)447-451
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 03.1997


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