Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


A rapid new method for measuring glomerular filtration rates using 111In diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (111In- DTPA) was evaluated with 39 patients who showed marked impairment of renal function (creatinine clearance less than 20 ml/min). A simple, single compartment system was assumed. For comparison, parallel inulin and creatinine clearances were performed. High linear correlations (r = 0.96-0.97) were demonstrated when 111In- DTPA clearances were compared with the standard nonisotopic tests. Initial data indicate that reliable isotopic clearance values could be obtained for low clearances by withdrawing only two blood samples for assay at 6 and 48 hours after isotope injection (without urine assay).