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Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen – whole-body hybrid imaging at TheraMed Nuclear

Ga68-PSMA or Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen PET-CT of is now available in private for the accurate staging and re-staging of prostate cancer to determine whether of not the cancer has metastasized or spread to the skeleton and other sites. This becomes especially useful in patients with high-risk prostate cancer.

This imaging modality helps the treating oncologist and/or urologist make important clinical decisions on treatment and further management.

Tc99m-iPSMA whole body SPECT-CT has been available at TheraMed Nuclear from August 2017 and has really brought about much change in the management of these patients.

We are therefore very excited about the PET-CT tracer and can now offer both studies to suit both clinical and diagnostic needs.

Each modality has different benefits – each tailored to the referring doctors needs. Please feel free to contact us should you have any inquiries regarding either study and its performance.

For more information:
SPECT-CT Tc99m-iPSMA – August 2017
Joint EANM and SNMMI procedure guideline for prostate cancer imaging
Clinical Utility of Gallium-68 PSMA PET/CT Scan for Prostate Cancer

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Novel new agent comes to South Africa in Prostate Cancer imaging

TheraMed Nuclear was privileged at the end of August to trial a facet of one of our scanners – a whole body SPECT-CT – using a new tracer for the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer, Tc-99m iPSMA.

Its used in private has been on an ad hoc basis to date, but it has now officially been imported by AXIM.

What makes this so special for us, specifically, is by virtue of the technology we have available to us, we can not only perform the whole body SPECT scan (3D scan) whereby we image the distribution of this tracer or radio-isotope through the body, but we can also perform a diagnostic quality whole body CT or computed tomography scan to fuse to these images to better pin-point where the cancer and its seedlings or metastases have spread.

As the technology becomes more available whole body SPECT-CT should become the new norm in private medicine. Before this patients had to attend state facilities for the PET-CT version of this scan, namely Ga-68 PSMA.

For more information, speak to your oncologist or urologist and have them give us a call.

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