• Vol. 28 No. 1, 44–48
  • 15 January 1999

Radionuclide Studies of Articular Cartilage in the Early Diagnosis of Arthritis in the Rabbit



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The compound Se-75 bis[β-(N,N,N-trimethylamino-)ethyl]selenide diiodide (Se-75 BISTAES) has been synthesized and its biodistribution in rabbits studied. A high uptake of radioactivity is found in the knee cartilage. Good scans of the knee are obtained by nuclear scintigraphy at 15 minutes after the injection of Se-75 BISTAES. The results of an equilibrium dialysis study show that Se-75 BISTAES binds to chondroitin sulfate and the binding is directly proportional to the chondroitin concentration. It appears that Se-75 BISTAES or its derivative should have potential as an articular imaging agent.

Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease that involves destruction of articular cartilage. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a sensitive imaging modality for the diagnosis of osteoarthritis.

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