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The structure of the technetate(VII) ion

The pertechnetate ion is an oxyanion with the chemical formula TcO4. It is often used as a convenient water-soluble source of isotopes of the radioactive element technetium (Tc). In particular it is used to carry the 99mTc isotope (half-life 6 hours) which is commonly used in nuclear medicine in several nuclear scanning procedures.

A technetate(VII) salt is a compound containing this ion. Pertechnetate compounds are salts of technetic(VII) acid. Pertechnetate is analogous to permanganate but it has little oxidizing power. Pertechnetate has higher oxidation power than perrhenate.[1]

Understanding pertechnetate is important in understanding technetium contamination in the environment and in nuclear waste management.[1]


Formula name crystal structure cell dimensions (Å) unit cell volume (Å3) remarks references
LiTcO4 lithium pertechnetate [1]
LiTcO4·2H2O lithium pertechnetate dihydrate [1]
LiTcO4·3H2O lithium pertechnetate trihydrate Pt3/mc [1]
NaTcO4 sodium pertechnetate tetragonal a = 5.342, c = 1.874 338.91 absorbs water from atmosphere [1]
NaTcO4·H2O sodium pertechnetate monohydrate [1]
NaTcO4·2H2O sodium pertechnetate dihydrate [1]
NaTcO4·4H2O sodium pertechnetate tetrahydrate [1]
KTcO4 potassium pertechnetate tetragonal a = 5.647, c = 12.91 411.73 used to prepare radiopharmaceuticals [1]
RbTcO4 rubidium pertechnetate tetragonal a = 5.762, c =13.543 449.65 [1]
α-CsTcO4 α-caesium pertechnetate tetragonal a = 5.898, c = 14.38 volatile at temperatures >470K [1]
β-CsTcO4 β-caesium pertechnetate orthorhombic a = 5.737, b = 5.92, c = 14.341 486.38 [1]
TlTcO4 thallium pertechnetate orthorhombic [1]
TlTcO4 thallium pertechnetate tetragonal [1]
NH4TcO4 ammonium pertechnetate tetragonal technetium may be supplied in this form [1]
AgTcO4 silver pertechnetate tetragonal [1]


  • Radiolysis of TcO4 in nitrate solutions proceeds through the reduction to TcO2−4 which induces complex disproportionation processes:
[math]\displaystyle{ \begin{array}{l} \ce{{TcO4^-} + {e^-} -\gt TcO4^2-} \\ \ce{2TcO4^{2-} -\gt {TcO4^-} + Tc^V} \\ \ce{2Tc^V -\gt {TcO4^{2-}} + Tc^{IV}} \\ \ce{{Tc^V} + TcO4^{2-} -\gt {Tc^{IV}} + TcO4-} \end{array} }[/math]
  • Pertechnetate can be reduced by H2S to give Tc2S7.[2]
  • Pertechnetate is also reduced to Tc(IV/V) compounds in alkaline solutions in nuclear waste tanks without adding catalytic metals, reducing agents, or external radiation. Reactions of mono- and disaccharides with 99mTcO4 yield Tc(IV) compounds that are water-soluble.[3]


As a 99mTc carrier

A technetium-99m generator provides the pertechnetate containing the short-lived isotope 99mTc for medical uses. This compound is generated directly from molybdate held on alumina within the generator (see this topic for detail).

In nuclear medicine

Pertechnetate has a wide variety of uses in diagnostic nuclear medicine. Since technetate(VII) can substitute for iodine in the Na/I symporter (NIS) channel in follicular cells of the thyroid gland, inhibiting uptake of iodine into the follicular cells, 99mTc-pertechnetate can be used as an alternative to 123I in imaging of the thyroid, although it specifically measures uptake and not organification.[4] It has also been used historically to evaluate for testicular torsion, although ultrasound is more commonly used in current practice, as it does not deliver a radiation dose to the testes. It is also used in labeling of autologus red blood cells for MUGA scans to evaluate left ventricular cardiac function, localization of gastrointestinal bleeding prior to embolization or surgical management, and in damaged red blood cells to detect ectopic splenic tissue.

It is actively accumulated and secreted by the mucoid cells of the gastric mucosa,[5] and therefore, technetate(VII) radiolabeled with technetium-99m is injected into the body when looking for ectopic gastric tissue as is found in a Meckel's diverticulum with Meckel's scans.[6]

Non-radioactive uses

All technetium salts are mildly radioactive, but some of them have explored use of the element for its chemical properties. In these uses, its radioactivity is incidental, and generally the least radioactive (longest-lived) isotopes of Tc are used. In particular, 99Tc (half-life 211,000 years) is used in corrosion research, because it is the decay product of the easily obtained commercial 99mTc isotope.[1] Solutions of technetate(VII) react with the surface of iron to form technetium dioxide, in this way it is able to act as an anodic corrosion inhibitor.[7]

See also


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Weaver, Jamie; Soderquist, Chuck Z.; Washton, Nancy M.; Lipton, Andrew S.; Gassman, Paul L.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Kruger, Albert A.; Wall, Nathalie A. et al. (21 February 2017). "Chemical Trends in Solid Alkali Pertechnetates". Inorganic Chemistry 56 (5): 2533–2544. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02694. PMID 28221786. 
  2. Emeléus, H. J.; Sharpe, A. G. (1968). Advances in Inorganic Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Volume 11. Academic Press. pp. 26. ISBN 978-0-08-057860-6. 
  3. D. E. Berning, N. C. Schroeder and R. M. Chamberlin (2005). "The autoreduction of pertechnetate in aqueous, alkaline solutions". Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 263 (3): 613–618. doi:10.1007/s10967-005-0632-x. 
  4. Ryo, U.Y.; Vaidya, P.V.; Schneider, A.B.; Bekerman, C; Pinsky, S.M. (1983). "Thyroid imaging agents: a comparison of I-123 and Tc-99m pertechnetate". Radiology 148 (3): 819–822. doi:10.1148/radiology.148.3.6308711. PMID 6308711. 
  5. Nuclear Imaging of Meckel's Diverticulum: A Pictorial Essay of Pitfalls S. Huynh, M.D., R. Amin, M.D., B. Barron, M.D., R. Dhekne, M.D., P. Nikolaidis, M.D., L. Lamki, M.D.. University of Texas Houston Medical School and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and Texas Children Hospital, Houston, Texas. Last Modified September 5, 2007
  6. Diamond, Robert; Rothstein, Robin; Alavi, Abass (1991). "The Role of Cimetidine-Enhanced Technetium 99m-Pertechnetate Imaging for Visualizing Meckel's Diverticulum". The Journal of Nuclear Medicine 32 (7): 1422–1424. PMID 1648609. 
  7. Cartledge, G. H. (1973). "Twenty-Year Inhibition of Corrosion by the Pertechnetate Ion". Corrosion 29 (9): 361–362. doi:10.5006/0010-9312-29.9.361.