Clinicopathological predictors of positive 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT in PSA-only recurrence of localized prostate cancer following definitive therapy

  • Ahmet Murat Aydin
  • Bahadir Haberal
  • Meylis Artykov
  • Cenk Yucel Bilen
  • Sertac YaziciEmail author
Original Article



To demonstrate the effect of clinicopathological factors on 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT positivity at the time of biochemical recurrence (BCR) of localized prostate cancer (PCa) following definitive therapy.


We retrospectively reviewed our institutional database for PCa patients who had BCR and subsequently underwent 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT between April 2014 and February 2018. A total of 51 patients who were metastasis-free before PSMA imaging and previously treated with definitive therapy (radical prostatectomy or external beam radiotherapy) for localized disease (pT1c—T3b pN0-1 cM0) were included.


37 out of 51 patients (72.5%) had positive 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT scans. Age at diagnosis, Gleason score (GS), D’Amico risk status of PCa, initial PSA level before treatment and PSA doubling time were not associated with PSMA positivity. Pre-scan PSA levels of > 0.2 ng/ml and PSA velocity of ≥ 1 ng/ml/year were significantly associated with increased PSMA positivity, whereas history of androgen deprivation therapy showed a trend towards significance. The optimal cutoffs for distinguishing between positive and negative scans were ≥ 0.71 ng/ml for pre-scan PSA and ≥ 1.22 ng/ml/yr for PSA velocity. In multivariable analysis, log pre-scan PSA and pre-scan PSA level > 0.2 ng/ml remained significant predictors for PSMA positivity, whereas the association of PSA velocity and of ADT was lost.


In BCR of localized PCa following definitive therapy, pre-scan PSA was strongly associated with positive 68Ga-PSMA-11 scan, even at PSA levels ranging from 0.2 to 1.0 ng/ml. Therefore, clinical and pathological predictors of positive 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT in PSA-only recurrence of localized prostate cancer need to be further elucidated.


Prostate cancer 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT Neoplasm recurrence Prostate-specific antigen 



This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval

This study has been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and all subsequent revisions. Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective study (Approval Number: GO 18/384-44).

Conflict of interest

All authors of this manuscript declare that they have no conflicts of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmet Murat Aydin
    • 1
  • Bahadir Haberal
    • 1
  • Meylis Artykov
    • 1
  • Cenk Yucel Bilen
    • 1
  • Sertac Yazici
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Urology, School of MedicineHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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