technetium 99m


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technetium

 [tek-ne´she-um]
a chemical element, atomic number 43, atomic weight 99, symbol Tc. (See Appendix 6.)
technetium 99m the most frequently used radioisotope in nuclear medicine, a gamma emitter having a half-life of 6.01 hours.

tech·ne·ti·um 99m (99mTc),

(tek-nē'shē-ŭm),
A radioisotope of technetium that decays by isomeric transition, emitting an essentially monoenergetic gamma ray of 142 keV with a half-life of 6.01 hours. It is usually obtained from a radionuclide generator of molybdenum-99 and is used to prepare radiopharmaceuticals for scanning the brain, parotid, thyroid, lungs, blood pool, liver, heart, spleen, kidney, lacrimal drainage apparatus, bone, and bone marrow.
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7) The technetium 99m pertechnetate scan is the test of choice for detecting Meckel's diverticulum, with a reported sensitivity of 85% to 90% in the pediatric population.
Harper et al (19) initially introduced the technetium 99m pertechnetate scan in 1962 as a method of diagnosing Meckel's diverticulum because of the tracer's propensity to concentrate in gastric mucosa.
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Myoview (kit for the preparation of technetium 99m tetrofosmin), a new product that will make diagnosing heart problems more accurate and cost-effective.