Theranostics 2015; 5(10):1115-1121. doi:10.7150/thno.12938

Research Paper

Pilot Prospective Evaluation of 18F-Alfatide II for Detection of Skeletal Metastases

Baoming Mi1#, Chunjing Yu1#, Donghui Pan2, Min Yang2✉, Weixing Wan1✉, Gang Niu3✉, Xiaoyuan Chen3✉

1. Department of Nuclear Medicine, Affiliated Hospital of Jiangnan University (Wuxi 4th People's Hospital), Wuxi, China
2. Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi, China
3. Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
#Contributed equally to this work


This pilot prospective evaluation study is to verify the efficiency of 18F-Alfatide II, a specific PET imaging agent for integrin αvβ3, in detecting bone metastasis in human, with comparison to 18F-FDG PET. Thirty recruited patients underwent 18F-FDG and 18F-alfatide II PET/CT successively within days. The final diagnosis of bone lesions was established based on the comprehensive assessment of all available data and clinical follow-up, which fall into four groups: osteolytic, osteoblastic, mixed and bone marrow. Visual analysis and quantification of SUVmax were performed to compare the detection sensitivity of 18F-Alfatide II and 18F-FDG PET. Eleven patients were found to have a total of 126 bone metastasis lesions. 18F-Alfatide II PET can detect the bone metastatic lesions with good contrast and higher sensitivity (positive rate of 92%) than 18F-FDG PET (77%). Especially, 18F-Alfatide II PET showed superiority to 18F-FDG PET in detecting osteoblastic (70% vs. 53%) and bone marrow metastatic lesions (98% vs. 77%). In conclusion, 18F-Alfatide II PET/CT can be used to detect skeletal and bone marrow metastases, with nearly 100% sensitivity in osteolytic, mixed and bone marrow lesions. The sensitivity of 18F-Alfatide II PET/CT in osteoblastic metastases is relatively low but still significantly higher than that of 18F-FDG PET/CT. This pilot clinical study warrants the further application of 18F-Alfatide II PET/CT in metastatic lesion detection, patient management and drug therapy response monitoring.

Keywords: RGD peptide, Alfatide II, FDG, PET/CT, bone metastasis

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Mi B, Yu C, Pan D, Yang M, Wan W, Niu G, Chen X. Pilot Prospective Evaluation of 18F-Alfatide II for Detection of Skeletal Metastases. Theranostics 2015; 5(10):1115-1121. doi:10.7150/thno.12938. Available from