68Ga-PSMA-617 PET/CT: a promising new technique for predicting risk stratification and metastatic risk of prostate cancer patients

Chen Liu, Teli Liu, Ning Zhang, Yiqiang Liu, Nan Li, Peng Du, Yong Yang, Ming Liu, Kan Gong, Xing Yang, Hua Zhu, Kun Yan, Zhi Yang

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the performance of 68Ga-PSMA-617 PET/CT in predicting risk stratification and metastatic risk of prostate cancer. Methods: Fifty newly diagnosed patients with prostate cancer as confirmed by needle biopsy were continuously included, 40 in a train set and ten in a test set. 68Ga-PSMA-617 PET/CT and clinical data of all patients were retrospectively analyzed. Semi-quantitative analysis of PET images provided maximum standardized uptake (SUVmax) of primary prostate cancer and volumetric parameters including intraprostatic PSMA-derived tumor volume (iPSMA-TV) and intraprostatic total lesion PSMA (iTL-PSMA). According to prostate cancer risk stratification criteria of the NCCN Guideline, all patients were simplified into a low-intermediate risk group or a high-risk group. The semi-quantitative parameters of 68Ga-PSMA-617 PET/CT were used to establish a univariate logistic regression model for high-risk prostate cancer and its metastatic risk, and to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of the predictive model. Results: In the train set, 30/40 (75%) patients had high-risk prostate cancer and 10/40 (25%) patients had low-to-moderate-risk prostate cancer; in the test set, 8/10 (80%) patients had high-risk prostate cancer while 2/10 (20%) had low-intermediate risk prostate cancer. The univariate logistic regression model established with SUVmax, iPSMA-TV and iTL-PSMA could all effectively predict high-risk prostate cancer; the AUC of ROC were 0.843, 0.802 and 0.900, respectively. Based on the test set, the sensitivity and specificity of each model were 87.5% and 50% for SUVmax, 62.5% and 100% for iPSMA-TV, and 87.5% and 100% for iTL-PSMA, respectively. The iPSMA-TV and iTL-PSMA-based predictive model could predict the metastatic risk of prostate cancer, the AUC of ROC was 0.863 and 0.848, respectively, but the SUVmax-based prediction model could not predict metastatic risk. Conclusions: Semi-quantitative analysis indexes of 68Ga-PSMA-617 PET/CT imaging can be used as “imaging biomarkers” to predict risk stratification and metastatic risk of prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1852-1861
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • PET/CT
  • PSMA
  • Prostate caner
  • Volume-based parameters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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