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Purposedetect cancer cells

Immunoscintigraphy is a nuclear medicine procedure used to find cancer cells in the body by injecting a radioactively labeled antibody, which binds predominantly to cancer cells and then scanning for concentrations of radioactive emissions.[1][2]

Clinical applications[edit]

Immunoscintigraphy is performed using a variety of radiopharmaceuticals, for a large range of purposes. Colorectal cancer is one of the most studied areas, with indium-111 or technetium-99m labelled epitopes of the carcinoembryonic antigen.[3] The antibody capromab pendetide reacts with prostate membrane specific antigen (PMSA) and can be labelled with 111In.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Imaging Techniques for the Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancers: Immunoscintigraphy". 21 December 2004.
  2. ^ "Immunoscintigraphy". NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms. National Cancer Institute. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. ^ Matzku, Siegfried; Stahel, Rolf A (1999). Antibodies in Diagnosis and Therapy. CRC Press. p. 143. ISBN 9789057023101.
  4. ^ Fass, Leonard (August 2008). "Imaging and cancer: A review". Molecular Oncology. 2 (2): 115–152. doi:10.1016/j.molonc.2008.04.001. PMC 5527766. PMID 19383333.