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|Eligible Ages||N/A and Over|
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|University of Alberta|
The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.
|Jonathan Abele, MD|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||University of Alberta|
Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.
The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
|Congenital Hyperinsulinism, Neuroblastoma, Parkinson Disease, Lewy Body Disease, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Brain Tumor|
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE. 6-[18F]fluoro-dihydroxyphenylalanine (18F-DOPA) is a large neutral amino acid that resembles natural L-3.4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) biochemically. L-DOPA is a precursor for dopamine, epinephrine (adrenaline), and norepinephrine (noradrenaline), collectively known as catecholamines. 18F-DOPA enters the biochemical pathway of L-DOPA both in the brain and peripherally, and can be imaged with a positron emission tomography / computed tomography (PET/CT) scanner. 18F-DOPA can therefore allow imaging of the L-DOPA metabolic pathway with a high target-to-background ratio providing valuable information for a number of diseases. While 18F-DOPA is an established diagnostic tracer at a number of different institutions globally, given the short half-life of 18F (110 minutes) this tracer cannot be imported for local use. The Edmonton PET Centre has recently developed a production method for this tracer allowing local access. An initial study at the University of Alberta (Pro00055342) has demonstrated this tracer to have an acceptable safety profile, an expected biodistribution (both physiologic and disease-related), and has established clinical efficacy of the tracer. In March, 2020 the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) installed a new PET/CT scanner (GE Discovery MI) with a digital detector system and new iterative image reconstruction algorithms that represent a substantial technological improvement compared to the previously installed scanner. It is expected that this new system will reduce artifact and will increase the sensitivity for the detection of smaller lesions. Our initial study demonstrated rapid urinary excretion with intense collection of activity within the urinary bladder. While this physiology was expected, it did result in diminished image quality in the evaluation of the pelvis in some patients. Improved image reconstruction algorithms available on the new GE Discovery MI PET/CT system may improve imaged quality related to this problem. Based on our experience with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT scans, the administration of intravenous furosemide prior to imaging can also substantially improve the image quality in the pelvis. These potential improvements have not yet been established with 18F-DOPA. A second observation from our initial study was that many participants demonstrated intense early activity at the gallbladder fundus. While biliary and gallbladder activity are described in the normal biodistribution of 18F-DOPA, the observed distribution suggests that the gallbladder fundus activity reflects primary uptake rather than reflux of activity within bile into the gallbladder. The rationale for this study is to explore the efficacy of these optimization parameters (new digital PET/CT camera system and use of intravenous furosemide) in the context of 18F-DOPA PET/CT imaging for patients with clinical indications for the scan. Imaging data from this study will be compared with data from the prior study (Pro00055342) to determine if the new digital detector PET/CT technology and preparatory furosemide administration improves image quality for these patients. A subgroup will also be scanned dynamically at the abdomen to better assess the pattern of gallbladder activity over time. This will include a mixture of clinical indications listed within the inclusion criteria. All patients will be screened for a history of previous gallbladder disease at the time of the scan by questionnaire. The intention of this sub-study is to better determine 18F-DOPA activity patterns associated with the gallbladder and to explore if there is a correlation between dopaminergic degeneration in the brain and the gallbladder. PURPOSE AND STUDY OBJECTIVE: Trial Type: Phase III non-randomized, non-blinded prospective cohort clinical trial of patients with a clinical indication for 18F-DOPA PET/CT imaging. The primary purpose of this study is to assess optimization parameters for 18F-DOPA PET CT imaging at UAH including the impact of new digital detector PET/CT technology as well as the impact of preparatory intravenous furosemide administration on image quality within the pelvis. A secondary purpose of this study is to better delineate the pattern of 18F-DOPA activity associated with the gallbladder and to explore if there is a relationship between dopaminergic denervation in the gallbladder and the brain. Only patient populations for which there are established clinical indications for the use of 18F-DOPA will be included in this study. Participation in this study will allow access to this tracer for patients in Alberta as there is no Health Canada approved similar tracer currently available. 18F-DOPA is an established clinical tracer at multiple institutions globally and has been approved for clinical use at multiple European centres for many (10+) years. Established clinical indications in the literature include: 1. Pediatric patients (less than 18 years old) with congenital hyperinsulinism. The 18F-DOPA scan is used to plan required surgical intervention for these patients. 2. Pediatric patients (less than 18 years old) with neuroblastoma. The 18F-DOPA scan is indicated for pre-operative assessment of a mass suspected to be a neuroblastoma, staging, re-staging, and assessment of recurrence in this patient group. 3. Pediatric (less than 18 years old) or Adult patients (18 or older) with known or clinically suspected neuroendocrine tumor. These include patients with carcinoid tumor, pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma, and medullary thyroid cancer. 18F-DOPA is indicated for metabolic assessment of a mass suspected to represent one of these tumor-types, for staging of a known tumor, for re-staging, and for assessment of recurrence in this patient group. 4. Adult patients (18 or older) with a clinical suspicion of Parkinson's disease or Lewy body dementia. 18F-DOPA is indicated to differentiate benign essential tremor from Parkinson's disease in this patient group [22-26]. 18F-DOPA may also be used to differentiate Lewy body dementia from other dementia types. 5. Pediatric (less than 18 years old) or Adult patients (18 or older) with brain tumors (primary or metastatic). 18F-DOPA is indicated for biopsy planning, radiation therapy planning, and post-therapy assessment to differentiate residual viable tumor from post-therapy necrosis in this patient population. When requested for patients falling into one of these diagnostic groups, an 18F-DOPA PET/CT scan will be performed and interpreted clinically with the results conveyed to the referring physician. Image optimization (the primary study objective) will be evaluated based on the following:
Experimental: 18F-DOPA injection
All enrolled participants will receive an intravenous injection of the investigational 18F-DOPA radiopharmaceutical
Drug: - 18F-DOPA
All participants will receive an intravenous injection of 18F-DOPA (4MBq/kg; minimum 110 MBq, maximum 600 MBq) for this study
Drug: - Furosemide Injection
Some participants will receive an intravenous injection of furosemide (40mg, single dose)
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