European Journal of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 12, Issue 9, pp 447–454 | Cite as

Sr-89 therapy: Strontium kinetics in disseminated carcinoma of the prostate

  • G. M. Blake
  • M. A. Zivanovic
  • A. J. McEwan
  • D. M. Ackery


Strontium kinetics were investigated in a group of 14 patients receiving 89Sr palliation for metastatic bone disease secondary to prostatic carcinoma. Using 85Sr as a tracer, total body strontium retention R(t) was monitored for a 3 month period following 89Sr administration, and at 90 days was found to vary from 11% to 88% and to correlate closely with the fraction of the skeleton showing scintigraphic evidence of osteoblastic metastatic involvement. Strontium renal plasma clearance varied from 1.6 l/day to 11.6 l/day, and in nine patients was significantly reduced compared with values found in healthy adult men, probably due to increased renal tubular reabsorption associated with the disturbance of calcium homoeostasis. Renal clearance rate was the principal factor determining R(t) for t<6 days, and was an important secondary factor at later times. Over the interval 30 days t<90 days, R(t) was closely fitted by the power law function R(t)=R30 (t/30)-b, with R30 and b showing the close correlation expected from the effect of R(t) on strontium recycling. The correction of the data for this effect to determine the true skeletal release rate is described. Measurement of localized strontium turnover in individual metastatic deposits from whole body profiles and scintigraphic images gave retention curves that typically rose to a plateau by 10 days after therapy, and then decreased very slowly. In contrast, retention curves for adjacent normal trabecular bone showed more rapid turnover, peaking at 1 day and subsequently decreasing following a t-0.2 power law function. The changes in strontium kinetics found in metastatic bone disease are favourable to the objectives of 89Sr therapy.

Key words

89Sr therapy Prostatic carcinoma Strontium kinetics Metastatic bone disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Blake
    • 1
  • M. A. Zivanovic
    • 1
  • A. J. McEwan
    • 1
  • D. M. Ackery
    • 1
  1. 1.Wessex Regional Department of Nuclear MedicineSouthampton General HospitalSouthamptonUK

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