Radiosynthesis and biodistribution of 99m Tc-Sulfamethoxazole: a novel molecule for in-vivo infection imaging
The aim of this study was to prepare 99mTc-Sulfamethoxazole complex and evaluate its efficiency as an infection imaging agent. The Sulfamethoxazole was labeled with 99mTc and its biological efficacy as a potential radio tracer for Staphylococcus aureus infection was investigated in bacterially infected Albino Wistar rats. The radiolabeling yield was found to be 95 ± 3.07% and remained constant at more than 93 ± 0.1% even in serum for 240 min after radiolabeling. 99mTc-Sulfamethoxazole prepared with high yield localized well in the bacterially infected muscle of the rats. 99mTc-Sulfamethoxazole may be developed as a radiopharmaceutical agent to distinguish infection from inflammation by nuclear imaging.
Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00044-017-2009-4