Unexpected Hepatic Uptake of Tc-99m-MAA in Lung Perfusion Scintigraphy in a Patient with End-stage Renal Disease

Kucuker K. A. , GÜNEY İ. B. , Aikimbaev K., PAYDAŞ S.

MOLECULAR IMAGING AND RADIONUCLIDE THERAPY, vol.28, no.1, pp.27-29, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/mirt.galenos.2018.55264
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-29


Extra-pulmonary accumulation of Tc-99m-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) is described as uptake areas out of the lung in perfusion scintigraphy. If the particles spread throughout the body before reaching the lung via venous collaterals or due to right-to-left shunt, or if the particles are too small to occlude the pulmonary capillaries, then the agent can be seen at different locations of the body. Extra-pulmonary accumulation of Tc-99m-MAA can be detected mostly in the liver as well as in the brain, kidney, thyroid, myocardium, spleen and vertebra. Herein, we present lung scanning images with unexpected hepatic accumulation of Tc-99m-MAA. This pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy was performed in a patient with end-stage renal disease due to dyspnea in the post-operative period of kidney transplantation.