Application of measuring 99mTc-MAG3 plasma clearance based on one- compartment model (MPC method) to pediatric patients

Kiyoshi Koizumi, K. Higashida, A. S. Arbab, K. Toyama, T. Arai, T. Yoshitomi

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Measurement of 99mTc-MAG3 plasma clearance based on 1-compartment model (MPC method) were applied to 12 pediatric patients and evaluated for the factors which might affect the calculated results. Depth correction is a critical factor for the measurement of renal uptake. Three different equations for estimating renal depth were compared with the real depth measured by ultrasonography. The equation proposed by K. Itoh was suitable though the equations by T. Ito and Raynaud were insufficient. Estimation of distribution volume, which is regarded as circulating plasma volume (CPV), is also critical for the calculation of MAG3 clearance by MPC method. Precisely, hematocrit measured by venous sampling and circulating blood volume (CBV) calculated as 7.5% of body weight are used for estimation of CPV. However, assumed CPV as 5% of body weight was acceptable if the hematocrit was not severely deviated from the normal value. Simplified MPC method utilizing two factors mentioned above gave a positive correlation with Russell's one point sampling method. In conclusion, MPC method is applicable for pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 26 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Plasma clearance
  • Radionuclide renal study
  • Renal function
  • Tc-MAG3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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