DOI: 10.1007/s00259-016-3563-6Pages: 689-694

68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC PET imaging in breast carcinoma patients

1. University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine

2. AZ Groeninge, Department of Nuclear Medicine

3. University Ghent, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Correspondence to:
Mike Sathekge




To report on imaging findings using 68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC PET in a series of 19 breast carcinoma patients.


68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC PET imaging results obtained were compared to routinely performed staging examinations and analyzed as to lesion location and progesterone receptor status.


Out of 81 tumor lesions identified, 84% were identified on 68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC PET. 68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC SUVmean values of distant metastases proved significantly higher (mean, 6.86, SD, 5.68) when compared to those of primary or local recurrences (mean, 2.45, SD, 2.55, p = 0.04) or involved lymph nodes (mean, 3.18, SD, 1.79, p = 0.011). SUVmean values of progesterone receptor-positive lesions proved not significantly different from progesterone receptor-negative lesions. SUV values derived from FDG PET/CT, available in seven patients, and 68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC PET/CT imaging proved weakly correlated (r = 0.407, p = 0.015).


68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC PET/CT imaging in breast carcinoma confirms the reported considerable variation of PSMA expression on human solid tumors using immunohistochemistry.

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  • Accepted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Online: Nov 8, 2016

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