After demonstrating enhanced tumor cell binding with a mixture of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) in vitro, biodistribution and immunoscintigraphy studies with 3 radioiodinated anti-colon cancer MAbs and a non-specific control MAb (MOPC) were conducted in a human colon cancer (GW-39)-hamster model system. Each of the specific MAbs, but not MOPC, demonstrated extensive tumor binding and in scintigrams affected visualization of all large tumors (>0.85 g) over background. Using single MAbs, few small tumors (0.19-0.50 g) were defined above background (0-29%). However, with combinations of these specific MAbs small tumors were more frequently defined in scintigrams (43-67%). Radioimages using higher doses of MAbs and small, younger tumors more clearly demonstrated the superiority of a MAb mixture. These results confirmed that combinations of MAbs to different antigens can detect smaller tumors with better tumor localization when compared to component MAbs used singly. This study supports the concept that tumor targeting and detection may be enhanced with appropriate mixtures of MAbs.