Intraoperative radioimmunolocalization of colorectal cancer: A review

C. Aprile

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Although intraoperative radioimmunolocalization (IORIL) is gaining wider acceptance, several limits inhibit a more extensive clinical use. In this paper the following topics will be discussed: 1) the clinical approach, that is, the combined use of immunoscintigraphy and IORIL after a single M Ab administration or the use of non-imaging 125 I M Ab; 2) the detector type and its collimation and shielding; 3) the nuclides employed, and 4) the background problem. The clinical results of our and other groups show a sensitivity that is generally higher than 0.75 with a high positive predictive value. The detection rate of occult lesions is in the order of 20% of all explored sites. However, the current state of detector and M Ab technology do not allow to achieve better results; probably the results can be improved by the use of bispecific M Ab or the avidin-biotin system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Markers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology


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