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Super Scan in 68Ga-PSMA Ligand PET/CT in Prostate Cancer-Diagnostic Criteria and Its Significance
Manas Kumar Sahoo1* and Sonam Shah2
1Department of Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2Department of Radiology, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram, Haryana, India

Superscan in 68Ga-PSMA ligand PET/CT is not very commonly encountered in prostate cancer patients. We present a 70-year-old patient with an elevated PSA serum level of 638 ng/mL after chemotherapy for prostate cancer. 68Ga-PSMA ligand in PET/CT revealed a PSMA over expression of diffuse sclerotic lesions extended to axial and appendicular skeleton. Physiological sites of PSMA over expression such as salivary glands and kidneys were suppressed. This pattern of 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT joined the commonly defined “super-(bone-) scan”. This pattern of appearance in 68Ga-PSMA ligand PET/CT in prostate cancer patients paves way towards targeted therapy like 177Lu-PSMA-617.
68Ga-PSMA; PET/CT; Prostate cancer; Superscan

Superscan in Bone Scintigraphy (BS) is defined as increased radiotracer uptake in the axial and appendicular skeleton with negligible soft tissue and renal radiotracer uptake [1]. Superscan pattern is also seen in Paget's disease, renal osteodystrophy and non prostatic cancers by such as colon, breast, lung, leukemia, lymphoma, waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia [2].

68Ga-PSMA ligand Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT) has become an established imaging modality in prostate cancer management [3]. Though unusual, but superscan pattern in 68Ga-PSMA ligand PET/CT has been reported in few cases [4,5].

We observed superscan pattern in a 70-year-old patient with an elevated PSA serum level at 638 ng/mL of a prostate cancer after chemotherapy (Figure 1). Who was referred for 68Ga-PSMA ligand PET/CT for evaluation, which revealed PSMA expressing sclerotic lesions involving almost all the entire skeleton.

Superscan findings open a new way towards targeted therapy with 177Lu-PSMA-617 for disease control in advanced cases of castration resistant prostate cancers who have progressed after conventional treatments [6,7]. Significant clinical results have so far been achieved with the subsequent use of radiolabeled PSMA ligands in the treatment of CRPC [8].

Superscan in 68Ga-PSMA ligand PET/CT can be defined as increased PSMA expression corresponding with sclerotic/lytic lesions in the CT involving almost the entire skeleton. The background physiological PSMA expression in the salivary glands, gastrointestinal tract should be suppressed. Renal uptake of the radiotracer remains variable and should not be a strict criterion for diagnosis of superscan.

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Figure 1: A) Maximum Intensity Projection (MIP) PET image showing increased PSMA expression in the whole skeleton; B) Fused PET/CT image shows increased PSMA expression in multifocal lesions of the appendicular and axial skeleton lesions involving almost all bones of the body with extensive axial as well as appendicular bone involvement; C) Corresponding CT image showing sclerotic lesions involving extensive skeletal sites confirming the metastatic nature of the lesions.

Citation: Sahoo MK, Shah S (2018) Super Scan in 68Ga-PSMA Ligand PET/CT in Prostate Cancer-Diagnostic Criteria and Its Significance. J Nucl Med Radiol Radiat Ther 3: 010.
Copyright: © 2018 Sahoo MK and Shah S, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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