Patients with advanced prostate cancer are suitable candidates for [Lu]PSMA-617 therapy. Integrated SPECT/CT systems have the potential to improve the accuracy of patient-specific tumor dosimetry. We present a novel patient-specific Monte Carlo based voxel-wise dosimetry approach to determine organ and total tumor doses (TTD).
13 patients with histologically confirmed metastasized castration-resistant prostate cancer were treated with a total of 18 cycles of [Lu]PSMA-617 therapy. In each patient, dosimetry was performed after the first cycle of [Lu]PSMA-617 therapy. Regions of interest were defined manually on the SPECT/CT images for the kidneys, spleen and all 295 PSMA-positive tumor lesions in the field of view. The absorbed dose to normal organs and to all tumor lesions were calculated by a three dimensional dosimetry method based on Monte Carlo Simulations.
The average dose values yielded the following results: 2.59 ± 0.63 Gy (1.67-3.92 Gy) for the kidneys, 0.79 ± 0.46 Gy (0.31-1.90 Gy) for the spleen and 11.00 ± 11.97 Gy (1.28-49.10 Gy) for all tracer-positive tumor lesions. A trend towards higher TTD was observed in patients with Gleason Scores > 8 compared to Gleason Scores ≤ 8 and in lymph node metastases compared to bone metastases. A significant correlation was determined between the serum-PSA level before RLT and the TTD (r = -0.57, p < 0.05), as well as between the TTD with the percentage change of serum-PSA levels before and after therapy was observed (r = -0.57, p < 0.05). Patients with higher total tumor volumes of PSMA-positive lesions demonstrated significantly lower kidney average dose values (r = -0.58, p < 0.05).
The presented novel Monte Carlo based voxel-wise dosimetry calculates a patient specific whole-body dose distribution, thus taking into account individual anatomies and tissue compositions showing promising results for the estimation of radiation doses of normal organs and PSMA-positive tumor lesions.
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