Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 442–445 | Cite as

68Ga-PSMA: a One-stop Shop in Radioactive Iodine Refractory Thyroid Cancer?

  • Thabo Lengana
  • Ismaheel O. Lawal
  • Kgomotso Mokoala
  • Mariza Vorster
  • Mike M. SathekgeEmail author
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We report a case of a 47-year-old female known with metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. Her treatment history included total thyroidectomy and 3 previous radio ablations with a cumulative dose of 950 mCi of 131I. On follow-up, her thyroglobulin levels had demonstrated a rising trend (from 3789.0 to 4240.0 ug/L) despite a 123I whole-body scan demonstrating a reduction in tracer avid lesions. She was suspected of having radio-resistant disease. The patient underwent both 18F-FDG and 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT imaging with both scans demonstrating congruent lesions however with far greater intensity on the 68Ga-PSMA study.


68Ga-PSMA 18F-FDG Thyroid cancer Radioactive iodine refractory thyroid 



We would like to thank the staff of the Department of Nuclear Medicine of Steve Biko Academic Hospital for performing the scans.

Funding Information

This study was self-funded by the Department of Nuclear Medicine.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Thabo Lengana, Ismaheel O. Lawal, Kgomotso Mokoala, Mariza Vorster, and Mike M. Sathekge declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

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

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© Korean Society of Nuclear Medicine 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity of Pretoria & Steve Biko Academic HospitalPretoriaSouth Africa

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