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International Journal of Molecular Imaging
Volume 2011, Article ID 620482, 4 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of Nasal Mucociliary Transport Rate by99mTc-Macroaggregated Albumin Rhinoscintigraphy in Woodworkers

1Department of Nuclear Medicine, Dicle University Medical Faculty, 21280 Diyarbakır, Turkey
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Elazig Research and Training Hospital, 23200 Elazığ, Turkey
3Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cumhuriyet University Medical Faculty, 58140 Sivas, Turkey
4Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dicle University Medical Faculty, 23200 Diyarbakır, Turkey
5Department of Mining Engineering, Dicle University, 21280 Diyarbakır, Turkey

Received 8 May 2011; Accepted 27 May 2011

Academic Editor: Seigo Kinuya

Copyright © 2011 Zeki Dostbil et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Woodworkers in the furniture industry are exposed to wood dust in their workplaces. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of occupational wood dust exposure on the nasal mucociliary transport rates (NMTRs) in woodworkers. Twenty five woodworkers and 30 healthy controls were included in this study. Wood dust concentration in workplaces was measured using the sampling device. 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin (99mTc-MAA) rhinoscintigraphy was performed, and NMTR was calculated in all cases. In statistical analysis, an independent samples t-test was used to compare NMTR of woodworkers and control subjects. We found that the mean NMTR of the woodworkers was lower than that of the healthy controls. However, there was not a statistically significant difference between them ( 𝑃 = 0 . 0 6 6 ). In conclusion, our findings suggested that wood dust exposure may not impair nasal mucociliary transport rate in woodworkers employed in joinery workshops.