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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 194123, 19 pages
Review Article

PET and PET/CT with 68Gallium-Labeled Somatostatin Analogues in Non GEP-NETs Tumors

1Nuclear Medicine Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, 42123 Reggio Emilia, Italy
2Regional Center of Nuclear Medicine, University of Pisa, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, 56125 Pisa, Italy
3Endocrinology Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, 42123 Reggio Emilia, Italy

Received 31 August 2013; Accepted 30 October 2013; Published 13 February 2014

Academic Editors: H.-J. Biersack, H. P. Easwaran, and J. Yu

Copyright © 2014 Martina Sollini et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Somatostatin (SST) is a 28-amino-acid cyclic neuropeptide mainly secreted by neurons and endocrine cells. A major interest for SST receptors (SSTR) as target for in vivo diagnostic and therapeutic purposes was born since a series of stable synthetic SST-analouges PET became available, being the native somatostatin non feasible for clinical use due to the very low metabolic stability. The rationale for the employment of SST-analogues to image cancer is both based on the expression of SSTR by tumor and on the high affinity of these compounds for SSTR. The primary indication of SST-analogues imaging is for neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), which usually express a high density of SSTR, so they can be effectively targeted and visualized with radiolabeled SST-analogues in vivo. Particularly, SST-analogues imaging has been widely employed in gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) NETs. Nevertheless, a variety of tumors other than NETs expresses SSTR thus SST-analogues imaging can also be used in these tumors, particularly if treatment with radiolabeled therapeutic SST-analouges PET is being considered. The aim of this paper is to provide a concise overview of the role of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) with 68Ga-radiolabeled SST-analouges PET in tumors other than GEP-NETs.