Individualized dosimetry in patients undergoing therapy with 177Lu-DOTA-D-Phe1-Tyr3-octreotate

  • Mattias SandströmEmail author
  • Ulrike Garske
  • Dan Granberg
  • Anders Sundin
  • Hans Lundqvist
Original Article



In recent years, targeted radionuclide therapy with [177Lu-DOTA0, Tyr3]octreotate for neuroendocrine tumours has yielded promising results. This therapy may be further improved by using individualized dosimetry allowing optimization of the absorbed dose to the tumours and the normal organs. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility and reliability of individualized dosimetry based on SPECT in comparison to conventional planar imaging.


Attenuation-corrected SPECT data were analysed both by using organ-based volumes of interest (VOIs) to obtain the total radioactivity in the organ, and by using small VOIs to measure the tissue radioactivity concentration. During the first treatment session in 24 patients, imaging was performed 1, 24, 96 and 168 h after [177Lu-DOTA0, Tyr3]octreotate infusion. Absorbed doses in non tumour-affected kidney, liver and spleen were calculated and compared for all three methods (planar imaging, SPECT organ VOIs, SPECT small VOIs).


Planar and SPECT dosimetry were comparable in areas free of tumours, but due to overlap the planar dosimetry highly overestimated the absorbed dose in organs with tumours. Furthermore, SPECT dosimetry based on small VOIs proved to be more reliable than whole-organ dosimetry.


We conclude that SPECT dosimetry based on small VOIs is feasible and more accurate than conventional planar dosimetry, and thus may contribute towards optimising targeted radionuclide therapy.


Neuroendocrine tumours Individualized dosimetry Targeted radionuclide therapy [177Lu-DOTA0, Tyr3]Octreotate 



The authors would like to express their gratitude to Professor Eric Krenning and Professor Dik Kwekkeboom, for generously sharing their experience and the peptide supply. They also wish to thank the staff at the Divisions of Nuclear Medicine and Endocrine Oncology (78D), Uppsala University Hospital, for their friendly assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mattias Sandström
    • 1
    • 6
    Email author
  • Ulrike Garske
    • 2
  • Dan Granberg
    • 3
  • Anders Sundin
    • 4
  • Hans Lundqvist
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Division of Medical PhysicsUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Department of Medical Sciences, Division of Nuclear MedicineUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden
  3. 3.Department of Medical Sciences, Division of Endocrine OncologyUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Division of Diagnostic RadiologyKarolinska University HospitalStockholmSweden
  5. 5.Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Rudbeck LaboratoryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  6. 6.Department of Hospital PhysicsUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden

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