Intra-patient comparison of physiologic 68Ga-PSMA-11 and 18F-DCFPyL PET/CT uptake in ganglia in prostate cancer patients: a pictorial essay

Medhat M. Osman, Amir Iravani, Michael S. Hofman, Rodney J. Hicks

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Abstract

Background: Recent studies reported metabolic uptake in at least one of the evaluated ganglia in 98.5% of patients undergoing 68Ga -PSMA-11 and in 96.9% of patients undergoing 18F-DCFPyL PET/CT examination. We have observed different patterns of ganglion visualization with 18F-DCFPyL compared to 68Ga-PSMA-11. This includes more frequent visualization of cervical and sacral ganglia, which may be attributable to better imaging characteristics with 18F PET imaging. Case presentation: This pictorial essay is to illustrate and compare, in the same patient, various representative cases of 68Ga-PSMA-11 and 18F-DCFPyL PET/CT uptake in ganglia at different anatomic locations, with different patterns and distribution of metabolic activity. Conclusion: Reading physicians should be aware of the frequently encountered and occasionally different physiologic uptake of 68Ga-PSMA-11 and 18F DCFPyL in different ganglia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number35
JournalCancer Imaging
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • F-DCFPyL PET/CT
  • Ga-PSMA11 PET/CT
  • Ganglia
  • PSMA

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