DOI: 10.1097/mnm.0000000000001831 ISSN: 0143-3636

Comparison of absolute renal uptake by using Tc-99m MAG-3 and Tc-99m DMSA

Hasnain Dilawar, Salman Habib, Razia Rana, Akhtar Ahmed, Javaid Iqbal, Talal Abdul Rehman, Imran Hadi, Shazia Fatima
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • General Medicine


The purpose of this study is to compare the value of absolute renal uptake (ARU %) in patients by using Tc-99m MAG-3 and Tc-99m DMSA scan.

Material and methods

Absolute renal uptake is calculated using Tc-99m MAG-3 and Tc-99m DMSA in renal scintigraphy, Itoh and Tauex kidney depth methods used, respectively. n = 40 adult patients of both genders were included. All patients underwent Tc-99m MAG-3 and Tc-99m DMSA, respectively.


The values of ARU (%) were calculated separately in selected patients n = 40, (left = 17, right = 23 normal functioning kidneys) by MAG-3 and DMSA. Absolute renal uptake (%) of Tc-99m MAG-3 in left kidneys was found to be 15.2 ± 3.4, with spilt renal function 79.2 ± 14.7 and ARU (%) in right kidneys 16.2 ± 3.4 with spilt renal function 77.5 ± 19. Absolute renal uptake of Tc-99m DMSA in left kidneys was 17.5 ± 3.2 and in right kidneys 17.9 ± 4.5 with spilt renal function 81.8 ± 10.7 and 79.3 ± 13.8 for left and right kidney, respectively. Statistical analysis showed strong Pearson correlation.


Absolute renal uptake % was found to be more reliable in cases of bilateral compromised kidneys. ARU (%) calculated by Tc-99m MAG-3 solely can be used as predictor of renal function. The use of Tc-99m MAG-3 has more advantages than Tc-99m DMSA alone in renal scintigraphy as dynamic scintigraphy gives less radiation burden to patient, more information regarding renal function, and shorter stay time at hospital in comparison to static renal imaging. SRF % is less reliable than ARU (%).

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