There are presently three approaches to radiolabeling antibodies: direct radiolabeling; radiolabeling of a chelating agent conjugated to an antibody; and radiolabeling of a chelating agent before conjugation to an antibody. Using either the direct radiolabeling or radiolabeling of a chelating agent conjugated to an antibody has not led to a radiochemically pure 99mTc-labeled protein. High radiochemical purity is obtained using a prelabeled ligand; therefore this method is preferred.

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Presented at the “Second Conference on Radioimmunodetection and Radioimmunotherapy of Cancer,” September 8–10, 1988, Princeton, NJ.

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