|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
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
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.