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A practical and reliable HPLC method was used for the determination of 2-[4-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazinyl]-N′-ethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) content in the 68Ga-labeled [1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid]-1-Nal3-octreotide (DOTANOC). Linearity of this method was observed in a concentration range of 0.01–10 mg mL−1 and the quantitative limit (signal to noise = 11) was determined as 10 μg mL−1. The HEPES concentration in the final products of 68Ga-DOTANOC was typically lower than the detection limit. Pure water and HEPES buffer as reaction medium were investigated using various activities of gallium-68. It was demonstrated that the presence of HEPES buffer consistently furnished very high radiochemical purity of 68Ga-DOTANOC, which remained stable for several hours post-labeling. Evidence is provided that in addition to its role as a buffer, HEPES also functions as a radioprotectant agent.

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