18F-DOPA PET Imaging: an Evaluation of Biodistribution and Safety

Study Purpose

Single centre prospective cohort phase III study of 18F-DOPA PET/CT imaging in specific patient populations: 1. Pediatric patients with congenital hyperinsulinism 2. Pediatric patients with neuroblastoma 3. Pediatric or Adult patients with suspected extra-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor 4. Adult patients with a clinical suspicion of Parkinson's disease 5. Pediatric or Adult patients with primary brain tumors This study will evaluate the biodistribution and safety of 18F-DOPA produced at the Edmonton PET Centre.

Recruitment Criteria

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Study Type
Eligible Ages N/A and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - 1.
Pediatric patients (less than 17 years old) with congenital hyperinsulinism
  • - 2.
Pediatric patients (less than 17 years old) with neuroblastoma
  • - 3.
Pediatric patients (less than 17 years old) or Adult patients (17 or older) with known or clinically suspected neuroendocrine tumor outside of the pancreas
  • - 4.
Adult patients (17 or older) with a clinical suspicion of Parkinson's disease.
  • - 5.
Pediatric (less than 17 years old) or Adult patients (17 or older) with primary brain tumors

Exclusion Criteria:

- Unable to obtain consent - Weight > 250 kg (weight limitation of PET/CT scanner) - Adult patients unable to lie flat for 20-30 minutes to complete the PET/CT scan - Young pediatric patients (less than 10 years old) who are unable to lie flat for 20-30 minutes and for whom clinical sedation is contraindicated (as determined by a pediatric anaesthesiologist) - Pregnancy - Lack of intravenous access

Trial Details

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Phase 3

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Lead Sponsor
University of Alberta

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Principal Investigator
Jonathan T Abele, MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation University of Alberta

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Agency Class
Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Canada

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Congenital Hyperinsulinism, Neuroblastoma, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Parkinson Disease, Brain Glioma

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International Sites

University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada




University of Alberta Hospital

Edmonton, Alberta, T6G2B7

Site Contact

Jonathan Abele, MD



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