Investigation of pulmonary deposition of a nebulized radiopharmaceutical agent in awake cats

Rhonda L. Schulman, Sonia S. Crochik, Stephen K. Kneller, Brendan C. McKiernan, David J. Schaeffer, Steven L. Marks

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Objective - To determine whether conscious, unsedated cats will inhale a nebulized material administered via a facemask and whether this material will reach the lower airways. Animals - 20 healthy adult cats. Procedure - Technetium Tc 99m-diaminetriaminopentaacetic acid (99mTc-DTPA) was nebulized into a spacer and administered to the cats via a closely fitting facemask. By use of a gamma camera, images were then immediately obtained to determine the distribution of 99mTc-DTPA within the lower airways. Results - Images obtained by use of the gamma camera revealed that all 20 cats had inhaled 99mTc-DTPA from the facemask. In each cat, deposition of the radiopharmaceutical agent was evident throughout the lung fields. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance - Awake cats that were not used to the application of a facemask did inhale substances from such a device. Aerosolization of medications may be a feasible route of administration for cats with lower airway disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)806-809
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of veterinary research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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