The Bnai Zion Planar Method: A simplified technique for the quantitation of the absolute renal uptake of 99mTc-DMSA in children

Miguel Gorenberg, Lea Radan, Ronen Kosakov, Israel Amirav

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AIM AND PURPOSE: Radionuclide imaging of the kidneys using dimercaptosuccinic acid chelate labeled with technetium-99m ( 99mTc-DMSA) is a well-established method for evaluating the extent of kidney parenchymal involvement in the scenario of urinary tract infection and for the estimation of the functional renal mass. We have developed a simplified technique, Bnai Zion Planar Method (BZPM), to estimate absolute DMSA uptake by the kidneys, which uses a shorter time of acquisition and does not require cumbersome calculations of attenuation correction. The aim of this study was to validate this technique by comparing it with the Quantitative DMSA single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) (QDMSA) measurements as the reference method. METHODS: Sixty-one consecutive children (mean age 5.4±4.8 years) were included in the study. Absolute uptake of the radiopharmaceutical by the kidneys was measured using the QDMSA SPECT methods described earlier with data acquisition of 20 min. Kidney volumes and radioactivity concentration measurements were calculated on the reconstruction data using the threshold method. For the simplified technique (BZPM), a planar posterior view of the kidneys was acquired for 1 min at the end of the QDMSA SPECT study. RESULTS: In both kidneys we observed a significant strong correlation between the two methods. BZPM measurements were very similar to those obtained using the validated QDMSA method, as determined by linear regression analysis (Pearson's r=0.924, P<0.001), r2=0.854. The uptake according to QDMSA can be predicted by the uptake measured by the BZPM method using the following regression equation: QDMSA=0.445+1.061 BZPM. CONCLUSION: BZPM estimation in children using the newly proposed planar method was found to be nearly identical to the validated QDMSA SPECT method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-685
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Medicine Communications
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Kidney
  • Planar view
  • Tc-DMSA uptake


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