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12.01.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 7/2016

European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 7/2016

68Ga-PSMA-11 dynamic PET/CT imaging in biochemical relapse of prostate cancer

European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging > Ausgabe 7/2016
C. Sachpekidis, M. Eder, K. Kopka, W. Mier, B. A. Hadaschik, U. Haberkorn, A. Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss



We aim to investigate the pharmacokinetics and distribution of the recently clinically introduced radioligand 68Ga-PSMA-11 in men with recurrent prostate cancer (PC) by means of dynamic and whole-body PET/CT. The correlation between PSA levels and 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET parameters is also investigated.


31 patients with biochemical failure after primary PC treatment with curative intent (median age 71.0 years) were enrolled in the analysis. The median PSA value was 2.0 ng/mL (range = 0.1 – 130.0 ng/mL) and the median Gleason score was 7 (range = 5 – 9). 8/31 (25.8 %) of the included patients had a PSA value < 0.5 ng/ml. All patients underwent dynamic PET/CT (dPET/CT) scanning (60 min) of the pelvis and lower abdomen as well as whole-body PET/CT with 68Ga-PSMA-11. dPET/CT assessment was based on qualitative evaluation, SUV calculation, and quantitative analysis based on a two-tissue compartment model and a non-compartmental approach leading to the extraction of fractal dimension (FD).


22/31 patients (71.0 %) were 68Ga-PSMA-11-positive, while 9/31 (29.0 %) patients were 68Ga-PSMA-11-negative. The median PSA value in the 68Ga-PSMA-11-positive group was significantly higher (median = 2.35 ng/mL; range = 0.19 – 130.0 ng/mL) than in the 68Ga-PSMA-11-negative group (median value: 0.34 ng/mL; range = 0.10 – 4.20 ng/mL). A total of 76 lesions were semi-quantitatively evaluated. PC recurrence-associated lesions demonstrated a mean SUVaverage = 12.4 (median = 9.0; range = 2.2 – 84.5) and mean SUVmax = 18.8 (median = 14.1; range = 3.1 – 120.3). Dynamic PET/CT studies of the pelvis revealed the following mean values for the PC recurrence-suspicious lesions: K1 = 0.26, k3 = 0.30, influx = 0.14 and FD = 1.24. Time–activity curves derived from PC-recurrence indicative lesions revealed an increasing 68Ga-PSMA-11 accumulation during dynamic PET acquisition. Correlation analysis revealed a moderate, but significant, correlation between PSA levels and the number of lesions detected on 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT (r = 0.54) and between PSA levels and SUVaverage (r = 0.48) or SUVmax (r = 0.44).


Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT demonstrated an overall detection rate of 71.0 % 60 min p.i. of the radiotracer in a mixed patient population with respect to PSA levels and including patients with very low PSA values. Higher PSA values were associated with a higher detection rate. The tracer uptake in PC-recurrence-indicative lesions is increasing during the 60 minutes of dynamic PET acquisition.

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