Vol 24, No 2 (2021)
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SPECT-CT Imaging with [99mTc]PSMA-T4 in patients with Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Sonya Sergieva1, Radoslav Mangaldgiev2, Milena Dimcheva1, Kamen Nedev3, Zahary Zahariev4, Bozhil Robev5
Pubmed: 34382671
Nucl. Med. Rev 2021;24(2):70-81.


Background: Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is a cell surface glycoprotein with a large extracellular domain with overexpression of the prostatic tumour cells. Several small molecules of PSMA ligands of inhibitors binding to the active site of PSMA were developed. [99mTc]Tc-PSMA-T4 is a new radiopharmaceutical (Polatom) for imaging loco-regional metastases and/or local relapse in patients with prostate cancer.

The purpose of this work was to evaluate the clinical application of SPECT-CT imaging with [99mTc]Tc-PSMA-T4 in patients with recurrent prostate cancer.

Material and methods: Thirty-six patients with prostate cancer, aged 60–80 years with biochemical relapse of PSA (ranged from 0.1 to 73 ng/mL) were included. Three patients were studied after tru-cut biopsy, hormonal and cytoreductive radiotherapy and 33 patients out of 36 — after radical treatment (total prostatectomy or definitive radiotherapy of the tumour). All of them underwent whole-body imaging examinations with subsequent target SPECT-CT studies of the pelvis, abdomen and/or chest, 1–3 hrs post i.v. administration of [99mTc]Tc-PSMA-T4. The average activity dose was 6.3 MBq/kg in a man of 70 kg. A Dual-head SPECT-CT gamma camera with a low dose CT scan (Symbia T2, Siemens) was used. The images were interpreted based on all other clinical and radiological data. Follow-up could be conducted in 11/36 patients during that period.

Results: Normal biodistribution of the radiopharmaceutical with high activity background was observed in the liver, spleen, kidneys, lacrimal and salivary glands, bowels and urinary bladder. Positive imaging for local relapse in the prostate bad was imaged in 21 patients, lymph node metastases — in 16 cases, bone lesions — in 10 cases, pulmonary metastases – in 2 cases, hepatic lesions were visualised in one of them and in another — adrenal suprarenal metastasis with intensive tracer uptake significant for overexpression of PSMA. There was a suspicion for local recurrences in 4 patients with negative MRT studies who were followed up. In 3 cases, previously treated bone metastases were partially negative without tracer uptake, only some progressive bone lesions were positive. Five patients were with negative results. Sensitivity was 84.37% (27/32), specificity — 100% (4/4) and accuracy — 86.11% (31/36).

Conclusions: In conclusion SPECT-CT imaging with [99mTc]Tc-PSMA-T4 could be applied in patients with prostate cancer for the diagnosis of recurrent disease to determine personalized treatment for each patient. Specific uptake of this tracer, depicted by SPECT-CT images has clinical importance of identifying and assessing PSMA expression before consideration of Radio Ligand Therapy (RLT) with [177Lu]Lu-PSMA. SPECT-CT imaging with [99mTc]PSMA is promising and reliable nuclear medicine approach to monitoring therapeutic effect after treatment and for restaging of the disease.

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