Migration pathways of hypodermically injected technetium-99m in dogs

F. M. Kovacs, A. García, N. Mufraggi, F. García, J. Pavía, D. Prandi, V. Gotzens, I. Giralt, C. Piera, J. Setoain

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    Hypodermic injection of technetium-99m (99mTC-pertechnetate) at points of low electrical resistance give rise to rapid, longitudinal, and progressive diffusion of the radioactive tracer. We assessed the effect of cutaneous incisions that did not intersect the migration trajectory of 99mTc-pertechnetate and the re-establishment of pathways after the suture of incisions that intersected the migration trajectory. Linear and rapid migration of 99mTc-pertechnetate was not altered or prevented by incisions that did not intersect the migration pathway. Different patterns of 99mTc- pertechnetate spread were found when incisions intersected the radioactive pathways until restoration of the normal migration pathway observed in undamaged skin occurred. In all experiments in which migration of 99mTc- pertechnetate was observed, lavage of surgical wounds was followed by disappearance of the 99mTc-pertechnetate migration observed around the suture. Linear migration of the tracer was not observed when the incision was left uncovered, filled with petroleum jelly, or with a solid silicone sheet, but it was seen when non-sutured incisions were filled with transonic or silicone gel or covered with a solid silicone sheet parallel to the cutaneous plane. These data show that after a cutaneous incision that intersected the diffusion trajectory of the radioactive tracter, linear migration of 99mTc-pertechnetate hypodermically injected at points of low electrical resistance was restored before healing of the cutaneous incision and was independent of incisions made on the skin not overlying the radioactive pathway. A mechanism similar to that of capillary electrophoresis is suggested to explain the hypodermic diffusion of inert particles through specific and constant linear pathways.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1019-1025
    JournalEuropean Radiology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2000


    • Adult male beagles
    • Capillary Electrophoresis
    • Hypodermic injection
    • Linear pathways
    • Radioactive tracer migration
    • Technetium-99m


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