|AcuTect (technetium Tc 99m apcitide)
What is AcuTect used for?
AcuTect is a radioactive imaging test used to diagnose acute venous thrombosis (sudden blood clots) in the
legs. AcuTect appears to detect acute and not chronic venous thrombosis.
Special Warning(s) with AcuTect:
If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of acute venous thrombosis, your doctor will determine whether
or not to withhold any anticoagulant drugs (drugs used to thin the blood) that you may be taking. This decision
should not be based on a negative AcuTect study alone.
If you have a history of drug reactions, other allergies, or immune system disorders, your doctor may want to
observe you for several hours after AcuTect is given because long-term information is not available. Emergency
equipment and health care professionals trained to recognize and treat severe allergic reactions should be
General Precautions with AcuTect:
The contents of AcuTect Kit must be used in a reconstituted form. AcuTect is a radioactive drug and must be
handled with care. Appropriate safety measures should be taken to minimize exposure to clinical personnel and
to the patient.
AcuTect should be used only by doctors who are licensed to use radioactive drugs.
To decrease the radiation absorbed by the bladder, you should drink plenty of fluids to ensure frequent urination
during the first several hours after the AcuTect injection. The radioactive drug generally is eliminated over about
24 hours with 75% occurring during the first 8 hours.
If you are unable to control your urination completely, your doctor may insert a bladder catheter (tube) to minimize
the risk of radioactive contamination of your clothing, bed linen, and environment.
To protect yourself and others, you need to take the following precautions for 12 hours after your dose of AcuTect:
Use a toilet and not a urinal
Flush the toilet several times after each use
Clean up any spilled urine immediately
Wash your hands thoroughly after each time you go to the toilet
If blood or urine gets onto clothing, the clothing should be washed separately
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, or are already pregnant. If you are
breast-feeding, it is recommended that you switch to infant formula while AcuTect is used and until the
radioactive drug is eliminated from your system.
What are some possible side effects of AcuTect?
AcuTect is generally well tolerated. Your health care provider can discuss with you a complete list of possible
For more detailed information about AcuTect, ask your health care provider.  Clinical Policy Bulletin:
AcuTect Scintigraphic Imaging for Detection of Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis www.aetna.com
AcuTect (Diatide, Inc., Londenderry, NH) is a complex of a small-molecule synthetic peptide, apcitide, and
the radionuclide, technetium (Tc) 99m (a gamma ray emitter). Apcitide binds preferentially to
glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptors, which are expressed on the surface of activated platelets, a major
component of active thrombus formation. Thus, it may localize at sites where blood clots are present or
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