RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the imaging characteristics of an interstitially or intraperitoneally delivered iodinated particulate contrast agent for computed tomography (CT) lymphography of the craniocervical and thoracic lymph nodes. METHODS: We injected 2-4 ml of 15% wt/vol iodinated nanoparticle suspension subcutaneously, submucosally, or intraperitoneally in eight normal dogs. CT and plain radiographic images were obtained prior to contrast administration and 4 hr, 24 hr, and 7 days after injection. Correlation was made to detailed postmortem assessment. RESULTS: CT images showed enhancement of regional nodes draining injection sites. Mean attenuation of opacified nodes was 313 +/- 297 (mean +/- standard deviation), 536 +/- 453, and 492 +/- 372 Hounsfield units at 4 hr, 24 hr, and 7 days postinjection, respectively. Lymph node opacification on CT images correlated well with node location found at postmortem. CONCLUSION: Craniocervical and thoracic lymph nodes can be effectively opacified from interstitial or intraperitoneal delivery of this iodinated nanoparticulate contrast agent.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Dec 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging