To evaluate the feasibility of using the StarGuide (General Electric Healthcare, Haifa, Israel), a new generation multi-detector cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT)-based SPECT/CT, for whole-body imaging in the setting of post-therapy imaging of 177Lu-labeled radiopharmaceuticals.Thirty-one patients (34-89 years old; mean ± SD, 65.5 ± 12.1) who were treated with either 177Lu-DOTATATE (n=17) or 177Lu-PSMA617 (n=14) as part of standard of care were scanned post-therapy with the StarGuide; some were also scanned with the standard GE Discovery 670 Pro SPECT/CT. All patients had either 64Cu-DOTATATE or 18F-DCFPyL PET/CT prior to first cycle of therapy for eligibility check. The detection/targeting rate (lesion uptake greater than blood pool uptake) of large lesions meeting RECIST 1.1 size criteria on post-therapy StarGuide SPECT/CT was evaluated and compared to the standard design GE Discovery 670 Pro SPECT/CT (when available) and pre-therapy PET by two nuclear medicine physicians with consensus read.This retrospective analysis identified a total of 50 post-therapy scans performed with the new imaging protocol from November 2021 to August 2022. The StarGuide system acquired vertex to mid-thighs post-therapy SPECT/CT scans with 4 bed positions, 3 min/bed and a total scan time of 12 min. In comparison, the standard GE Discovery 670 Pro SPECT/CT system typically acquires images in 2 bed positions covering the chest, abdomen, and pelvis with a total scan time of 32 min. The pre-therapy 64Cu-DOTATATE PET takes 20 min with 4 bed positions on GE Discovery MI PET/CT, and 18F-DCFPyL PET takes 8-10 min with 4-5 bed positions on GE Discovery MI PET/CT. This preliminary evaluation showed that the post-therapy scans acquired with faster scanning time using StarGuide system had comparable detection/targeting rate compared to the Discovery 670 Pro SPECT/CT system and detected large lesions defined by RECIST criteria on the pre-therapy PET scans.Fast acquisition of whole-body post-therapy SPECT/CT is feasible with the new StarGuide system. Short scanning time improves the patients' clinical experience and compliance which may lead to increased adoption of post-therapy SPECT. This opens the possibility to offer imaged-based treatment response assessment and personalized dosimetry to patients referred for targeted radionuclide therapies.
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