Simultaneous whole-body 18F–PSMA-1007-PET/MRI with integrated high-resolution multiparametric imaging of the prostatic fossa for comprehensive oncological staging of patients with prostate cancer: a pilot study

  • Martin T. FreitagEmail author
  • Claudia Kesch
  • Jens Cardinale
  • Paul Flechsig
  • Ralf Floca
  • Matthias Eiber
  • David Bonekamp
  • Jan P. Radtke
  • Clemens Kratochwil
  • Klaus Kopka
  • Markus Hohenfellner
  • Albrecht Stenzinger
  • Heinz-Peter Schlemmer
  • Uwe Haberkorn
  • Frederik Giesel
Original Article



The aim of the present study was to explore the clinical feasibility and reproducibility of a comprehensive whole-body 18F–PSMA-1007-PET/MRI protocol for imaging prostate cancer (PC) patients.


Eight patients with high-risk biopsy-proven PC underwent a whole-body PET/MRI (3 h p.i.) including a multi-parametric prostate MRI after 18F–PSMA-1007-PET/CT (1 h p.i.) which served as reference. Seven patients presented with non-treated PC, whereas one patient presented with biochemical recurrence. SUVmean-quantification was performed using a 3D–isocontour volume-of-interest. Imaging data was consulted for TNM-staging and compared with histopathology. PC was confirmed in 4/7 patients additionally by histopathology after surgery. PET-artifacts, co-registration of pelvic PET/MRI and MRI-data were assessed (PI-RADS 2.0).


The examinations were well accepted by patients and comprised 1 h. SUVmean-values between PET/CT (1 h p.i.) and PET/MRI (3 h p.i.) were significantly correlated (p < 0.0001, respectively) and similar to literature of 18F–PSMA-1007-PET/CT 1 h vs 3 h p.i. The dominant intraprostatic lesion could be detected in all seven patients in both PET and MRI. T2c, T3a, T3b and T4 features were detected complimentarily by PET and MRI in five patients. PET/MRI demonstrated moderate photopenic PET-artifacts surrounding liver and kidneys representing high-contrast areas, no PET-artifacts were observed for PET/CT. Simultaneous PET-readout during prostate MRI achieved optimal co-registration results.


The presented 18F–PSMA-1007-PET/MRI protocol combines efficient whole-body assessment with high-resolution co-registered PET/MRI of the prostatic fossa for comprehensive oncological staging of patients with PC.


68Ga-PSMA-11 18F-PSMA-1007 PET/MRI PSMA Prostate cancer PSMA-PET 



We appreciate the support of Dr. Stefan Kegel and of our technicians Verena Schneider and Rene Hertel.


There was no funding for this study.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

Jens Cardinale, Prof. Dr. Frederik Giesel, Prof. Dr. Uwe Haberkorn and Prof. Dr. Klaus Kopka have applied for a patent of PSMA-1007. The other authors report no conflict of interest.

Informed consent

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin T. Freitag
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudia Kesch
    • 2
  • Jens Cardinale
    • 3
  • Paul Flechsig
    • 4
  • Ralf Floca
    • 5
  • Matthias Eiber
    • 6
  • David Bonekamp
    • 1
  • Jan P. Radtke
    • 2
  • Clemens Kratochwil
    • 4
  • Klaus Kopka
    • 3
  • Markus Hohenfellner
    • 2
  • Albrecht Stenzinger
    • 7
  • Heinz-Peter Schlemmer
    • 1
  • Uwe Haberkorn
    • 4
    • 8
  • Frederik Giesel
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of UrologyUniversity Hospital HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Division of Radiopharmaceutical ChemistryGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity Hospital HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  5. 5.Medical Image Computing GroupGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany
  6. 6.Department of Nuclear MedicineTechnical University Hospital MunichMunichGermany
  7. 7.Institute of PathologyUniversity Hospital HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  8. 8.Clinical Cooperation Unit Nuclear MedicineGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany

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