Investigation of 68Ga-DOTATATE, as a PET Imaging Agent in Neuroendocrine Tumor Patients

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase II, Phase IDiagnosticClosed18 and overOtherDOTATATE12-001920

Trial Description


This is a prospective, Phase 1-2, single center study in a total of 100 subjects with Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs). Study participants will receive a one-time administration of 68Ga-DOTATATE and undergo a PET/CT imaging study, to investigate its suitability as a PET imaging agent for NETs.

Further Study Information

In this study, we propose to use a well-established PET isotope, 68-Gallium (68Ga), bound to a somatostatin analogue, DOTA-octreotate, or DOTATATE, which has high affinity for the somatostatin receptor type 2 (SSTR2). Most gastro-entero-pancreatic (GEP) NETs express SSTR2 on their cell surfaces; when the radiolabeled SSTR2 analogue binds to these receptors, the radioactive molecule is internalized and transported to the tumor cell nucleus, thus concentrating the radioactivity and improving the signal-to-noise ratio on the PET scan, particularly as the background rapidly clears. This internalization, combined with the improved physical principles of PET imaging, shorter half-life of the 68Ga (68 minutes vs. about three days for 111In), improved radiation dosimetry, faster scanning, and lower cost results in a greatly improved scan for diagnosis, staging and restaging of NET disease compared to conventional 111In-octreotide imaging. Additionally, 68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT scanning can be performed in 1.5 hours from injection of the radiopharmaceutical to completion of the scan, vs. 2-3 days for 111In-octreotide imaging.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Known diagnosis of NET, suspected SSTR positive tumors or suspected NET recurrence.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Patient or patient's legally acceptable representative cognitively provides written informed consent.
  • Able to provide informed consent.
  • Females of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test at screening/baseline.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Use of any other investigational product or device within 30 days prior to dosing, or known requirement for any other investigational agent prior to completion of all scheduled study assessments.
  • Patients with a body weight of 400 pounds or more or not able to enter the bore of the PET/CT scanner due to BMI, because of the compromise in image quality with CT, PET/CT and MRI that will result.
  • Inability to lie still for the entire imaging time.
  • Inability to complete the needed investigational and standard-of-care imaging examinations due to other reasons (severe claustrophobia, radiation phobia, etc.)
  • Recognized concurrent active infection.
  • Any additional medical condition, serious intercurrent illness, or other extenuating circumstance that, in the opinion of the Investigator, may significantly interfere with study compliance.

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA

    Johannes Czernin, Principal Investigator

    Link to the current record.
    NLM Identifier NCT01873248 processed this data on February 27, 2015

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