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Clinical utility of [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT in initial staging of patients with prostate cancer and importance of intraprostatic SUVmax values

Ivan Rogic1, Anja Tea Golubic12, Marijan Zuvic1, Tea Smitran1, Nino Jukic1, Marija Gamulin3, Zeljko Kastelan42, Drazen Huic12
Pubmed: 38680016
Nucl. Med. Rev 2024;27:6-12.


Background: As in disease recurrence, providing clinicians with the exact extent of the disease at the time of initial diagnosis is key in the management and individual treatment of prostate cancer (PC) patients. Intending to examine the usefulness of gallium- 68 PSMA-11 positron emission tomography/computed tomography ([68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT) and to determine if there is a correlation between prostate-specific antigen (PSA) serum values, WHO/ISUP (World Health Organization/International Society of Urological Pathology’s) grade group of the tumor and SUVmax (maximized standardized uptake value) values we retrospectively analyzed PET/CT studies performed for initial staging of the disease.

Patients and methods: We retrospectively evaluated 34 studies of patients who underwent [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT as part of the initial staging of prostate cancer. All patients had prostate cancer confirmed by histological assessment after biopsy and had Gleason score and PSA serum values obtained. The mean PSA value was 33.8 ± 40.9 nmol/L (range 2.2–232).

Results: Nineteen patients had extended disease (55.9%). The mean SUVmax in prostate lesions was 19.5 ± 12.6. The mean value of SUVmax of PET studies in the high-risk group was significantly higher than those of low risk (23.5 ± 13.2 and 10.6 ± 5.4, p < 0.05). A positive correlation was observed between the ISUP group and SUVmax value of prostate lesions (Pearson’s r = 0.557, p < 0.01). A positive correlation was also found in the comparison between PSA values and SUVmax (Pearson’s r = 0.34, p < 0.05).

Conclusions: In our study, [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT scans detected the extended disease in more than half of the patients. Locating disease beyond the prostate gland allowed better informed clinical decisions and modified treatment. A positive correlation was found between intraprostatic SUVmax values and the ISUP group of prostate cancer. High-risk patients had SUVmax values that were significantly higher than those of low-risk patients. The correlation between the Gleason score and SUVmax value can be explained by the increased intensity of PSMA expression as the tumor grade increases.

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