99mTc-MAG3: review of pharmacokinetics, clinical application to renal diseases and quantification of renal function

Ann Nucl Med. 2001 Jun;15(3):179-90. doi: 10.1007/BF02987829.


About 14 years have passed since Fritzberg et al. developed 99mTc-MAG3 in 1986. The biological properties of this radiopharmaceutical are somewhat different from radioiodine labeled hippurate: it exhibits higher protein binding, slower blood clearance, higher extraction efficiency by tubular cells and larger excretion into the bile than the latter. Nonetheless, it has been widely used as the agent of choice for renal scintigraphy, diuresis renography, captopril augmented renography, and renal transplant. Renal scintigraphy with 99mTc-MAG3 can provide excellent image quality even in the presence of severely decreased renal function. 99mTc-MAG3 is also used as an alternative to radio-hippurate for quantitative measurement of effective renal plasma flow. In this review, I focused on its pharmacokinetics, simplified quantitative methods and clinical application in renal diseases.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Kidney / diagnostic imaging*
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Kidney Function Tests*
  • Radioisotope Renography
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / pharmacokinetics*
  • Technetium Tc 99m Mertiatide / pharmacokinetics*
  • Technetium Tc 99m Pentetate / pharmacokinetics


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Technetium Tc 99m Mertiatide
  • Technetium Tc 99m Pentetate