Lacrimal gland dosimetry for the brain imaging agent technetium-99m-HMPAO

J. Villanueva-Meyer, D. Thompson, I. Mena, C. S. Marcus

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We calculated lacrimal gland dosimetry for the brain imaging agent 99mTc-HMPAO. One hundred thirty-eight patients were studied using a dedicated brain imaging device. Only 11% of the patients showed lacrimal gland uptake. For a 740-MBq (20 mCi) injected dose of 99mTc-HMPAO, the radiation exposure to the lacrimal glands is 10.2 mGy (1.02 rad), or 0.0138 mGy/MBq (0.051 rad/mCi). These values are five times lower than the ones reported by the manufacturer of HMPAO. As the dosimetry calculation is only for subjects showing 99mTc-HMPAO uptake in the lacrimal gland, the average radiation dose to all subjects is considerably lower, 1/10 of the estimated value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1239
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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