Technegas use while Breastfeeding

Technegas Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Elective diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures should be delayed until the patient is no longer breastfeeding.[1] Information in this record refers to the use of technegas as a diagnostic agent. The International Commission on Radiological Protection states that breastfeeding need not be interrupted after administration of technegas.[2] To follow the principle of keeping exposure "as low as reasonably achievable", some experts recommend nursing the infant just before administration of the radiopharmaceutical and interrupting breastfeeding for 3 to 6 hours after the dose, then expressing the milk completely once and discarding it. If the mother has expressed and saved milk prior to the examination, she can feed it to the infant during the period of nursing interruption.[3]

Mothers concerned about the level of radioactivity in their milk could ask to have it tested at a nuclear medicine facility at their hospital and when the radioactivity is at background levels, they may safely resume breastfeeding. A method for measuring milk radioactivity and determining the time when a mother can safely resume breastfeeding has been published.[4]

Drug Levels

Tc 99m is a gamma emitter with a principal photon energy of 140.5 keV and a physical half-life of 6.024 hours.[5] Technegas is an ultrafine particulate material produced from technetium pertechnetate and graphite in an argon environment.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Possible Effects on Lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1. Parker JA, Daube-Witherspoon ME, Graham LS et al. Procedure guideline for general imaging: 3.0. Society of Nuclear Medicine. 2004. http://interactive.snm.org/docs/General_Imaging_v3.0.pdf

2. ICRP. Radiation dose to patients from radiopharmaceuticals. Addendum 3 to ICRP Publication 53. ICRP Publication 106. Annex D. Ann ICRP. 2008;38:163-84. PMID: 19154964

3. Mountford PJ, Coakley AJ. A review of the secretion of radioactivity in human breast milk: data, quantitative analysis and recommendations. Nucl Med Commun. 1989;10:15-27. PMID: 2645546

4. Stabin MG, Breitz HB. Breast milk excretion of radiopharmaceuticals: mechanisms, findings, and radiation dosimetry. J Nucl Med. 2000;41:863-73. PMID: 10809203

5. Howe DB, Beardsley M, Bakhsh S. Appendix U. Model procedure for release of patients or human research subjects administered radioactive materials. In, NUREG-1556. Consolidated guidance about materials licenses. Program-specific guidance about medical use licenses. Final report. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. 2008;9, Rev. 2. http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr1556/v9/r2/

Technegas Identification

Substance Name

Technegas

CAS Registry Number

112263-77-1

Drug Class

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

811

Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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