GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. and INDIANAPOLIS, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The PSMA-PET imaging agent Illuccix® from Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited (Telix) has been used in combination with the uEXPLORER®, a first-of-its kind total-body PET scanner from United Imaging for the first time. This week, nine men with prostate cancer underwent the procedure at BAMF Health on the "Medical Mile" in Grand Rapids.
The uEXPLORER is the world's first and only medical imaging 3D scanner capable of capturing the total human body in a single bed position and allows physicians to conduct a total-body PET scan in less than 10 minutes – compared to 30-40 minutes in a conventional PET/CT. The scan may potentially open significant testing capacity for physicians, with some medical facilities able to image up to 40 patients per day with uEXPLORER.
BAMF Health is a leading "theranostics" (therapeutic and diagnostic) cancer treatment center that delivers precision medicine through artificial intelligence-enabled molecular imaging and theranostics. Telix launched Illuccix for prostate cancer imaging in April in the United States and has a pipeline of imaging and therapeutic agents in development to potentially detect and treat a range of cancers and rare diseases through targeted radiation.
Illuccix®, after radiolabeling with Ga 68, is a radioactive diagnostic agent indicated for positron emission tomography (PET) of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positive lesions in men with prostate cancer:
with suspected metastasis who are candidates for initial definitive therapy.
with suspected recurrence based on elevated serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level.
PSMA-PET is a diagnostic tool clinically demonstrated to detect advanced diseases that may not appear in conventional imaging and is now included in key clinical practice guidelines for prostate cancer, such as the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology.
The molecular imaging and molecular therapy clinics at the BAMF Health Theranostics Center include an on-site dual cyclotron-equipped radiopharmacy. Dr. Matt DeLong, vice president, radiopharmacy at BAMF Health, said, "We are beyond excited to have been able to prepare and dispense the Illuccix doses on demand. The flexibility of the Illuccix kit enables us to leverage the capability of both the cyclotrons and generators within the radiopharmacy."
The uEXPLORER, which is manufactured by global medical imaging equipment provider United Imaging, includes increased geometric coverage of the body and improved timing resolution, thereby increasing sensitivity and reducing the time of a scan from 40 minutes to less than 10 minutes.