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The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2007 September;51(3):244-50

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Somatostatin receptor PET imaging with Gallium-68 labeled peptides

Win Z. 1, 2, Al-Nahhas A. 1, Rubello D. 3, Gross M. D. 4

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK
2 Department of Radiology Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, UK
3 Nuclear Medicine Service, PET Unit S. Maria della Misericordia Rovigo Hospital, Rovigo, Italy
4 Nuclear Medicine Department Department of Veteran Affairs Health System Ann Arbor, MI, USA


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Imaging somatostatin receptor status with 68Ga labeled peptides has progressed rapidly over the last several years. It has generated great interest, and stimulated further research into the development of DOTA-derivative peptides. It has expanded our knowledge of receptor imaging and enhanced our appreciation of the difference between receptor-based and metabolic imaging, as well as more in-depth evaluation of tumor biology. The availability of the 68Ge/68Ga generator provides an attractive alternative to cyclotron-based positron-emitters, especially if kit-based radiopharmaceutical formulations based upon 68Ga are developed in the future.

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