Estimation of radiation dosimetry for 68Ga-HBED-CC (PSMA-11) in patients with suspected recurrence of prostate cancer

Mark A. Green, Jacob A. Eitel, James W. Fletcher, Carla J. Mathias, Mark A. Tann, Wendy Territo, Heather Polson, Gary D. Hutchins, Thomas Gardner, Michael O. Koch

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Introduction This study was performed to estimate the human radiation dosimetry for [68Ga]Ga-HBED-CC (PSMA-11) (68Ga PSMA-11). Methods Under an RDRC-approved research protocol, we evaluated the biodistribution and pharmacokinetics of 68Ga PSMA-11 with serial PET imaging following intravenous administration to nine prostate cancer patients in whom clinical [11C]acetate PET/CT exams had been independently performed under Expanded Access IND 118,204. List-mode imaging was performed over the initial 0–10 min post-injection with the pelvis in the field-of-view. Whole-body images were acquired, pelvis-to-head, at 15, 60, and 90-min post-injection. Additional images of the pelvis were acquired at 40-min and 115-min, and voided urine collected from each subject at 48-min and 120-min post-injection. Radiation dosimetry estimates were calculated from these data using the OLINDA software package. Results Renal uptake was high and relatively invariant, ranging from 11% to 14% of the injected dose between 15 and 90-min post-injection. Radioactivity collected in the voided urine accounted for 14% of the injected dose over a period of 120-min. Lymph nodes and skeletal metastases suspicious for prostate cancer recurrence were detected in a greater number of patients using 68Ga PSMA-11 than using 11C-acetate. Conclusion Kidneys are the critical organ following 68Ga PSMA-11 administration, receiving an estimated dose of 0.413 mGy/MBq. Advances in knowledge and implications for patient care This study confirms that the kidneys will be the critical organ following intravenous administration of 68Ga PSMA-11, and provided data consistent with the expectation that 68Ga PSMA-11 will be superior to [11C]acetate for defining sites of recurrence in prostate cancer patients presenting with biochemical relapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Medicine and Biology
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Dosimetry
  • Ga-DKFZ-PSMA-11
  • Ga-HBED-CC (PSMA-11)
  • Glu-NH-CO-NH-Lys-(Ahx)-[Ga(HBED-CC)]
  • PSMA-targeted PET/CT
  • Prostate cancer recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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