Impact of 68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT on the management of neuroendocrine tumors: The referring physician's perspective

Ken Herrmann, Johannes Czernin, Edward M. Wolin, Pawan Gupta, Martin Barrio, Antonio Gutierrez, Christiaan Schiepers, Sherly Mosessian, Michael E. Phelps, Martin S. Allen-Auerbach

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Somatostatin receptor imaging with 68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT (DOTATATE) is increasingly used for managing patients with neuroendocrine tumors. The objective of this study was to determine referring physicians' perspectives on the impact of DOTATATE on the management of neuroendocrine tumors.

Methods: A set of 2 questionnaires (pre- PET and post-PET) was sent to the referring physicians of 100 consecutive patients with known or suspected neuroendocrine tumors, who were evaluated with DOTATATE. Questionnaires on 88 patients were returned (response rate, 88%). Referring physicians categorized the DOTATATE findings on the basis of the written PET reports as negative, positive, or equivocal for disease. The likelihood for metastatic disease was scored as low, moderate, or high. The intended management before and changes as a consequence of the PET study were indicated.

Results: The indications for PET/CT were initial and subsequent treatment strategy assessments in 14% and 86% of patients, respectively. Referring physicians reported that DOTATATE led to a change in suspicion for metastatic disease in 21 patients (24%; increased and decreased suspicion in 9 [10%] and 12 [14%] patients, respectively). Intended management changes were reported in 53 of 88 (60%) patients. Twenty patients (23%) scheduled to undergo chemotherapy were switched to treatments without chemotherapy, and 6 (7%) were switched from watch-and-wait to other treatment strategies. Conversely, 5 patients (6%) were switched from their initial treatment strategy to watch-and-wait.

Conclusion: This survey of referring physicians demonstrates a substantial impact of DOTATATE on the intended management of patients with neuroendocrine tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • NET
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • PET
  • Somatostatin receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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