68Ga-PSMA PET thyroid incidentalomas

Hormones (Athens). 2019 Jun;18(2):145-149. doi: 10.1007/s42000-019-00106-8. Epub 2019 Apr 15.


Introduction: Thyroid incidentaloma is defined as a thyroid lesion incidentally and newly detected by imaging techniques performed for an unrelated purpose and especially for a non-thyroid disease. The aim of this review is to evaluate the prevalence and clinical significance of focal incidental radiolabelled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) uptake in the thyroid gland [PSMA thyroid incidentaloma (PTI)] revealed by PET/CT or PET/MRI.

Methods: A comprehensive literature search of the PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, and Embase databases was conducted to find relevant published articles about the prevalence and clinical significance of PTIs detected by PET/CT or PET/MRI in patients studied for other oncologic purposes.

Results: Twelve articles were included in the systematic review. Among 23 PTIs, 6 were malignant (5 primary thyroid tumors and one metastasis from renal cell carcinoma), one was a follicular lesion of undetermined significance, and the rest were benign.

Conclusion: Despite being very rare, though probably underestimated, PTIs frequently signal the presence of unexpected lesions in the thyroid which differ from the indicated reason for which the patient was initially scanned and concerning which the risk of malignancy is not negligible.

Keywords: Incidental; PET (Positron emission tomography); PSMA (Prostate-specific membrane antigen); Thyroid; Thyroid incidentaloma.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnosis*
  • Adenoma / epidemiology
  • Adenoma / metabolism
  • Adenoma / pathology
  • Edetic Acid / analogs & derivatives*
  • Edetic Acid / pharmacokinetics
  • Gallium Isotopes
  • Gallium Radioisotopes
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Male
  • Oligopeptides* / pharmacokinetics
  • Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography / methods*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / pathology


  • Gallium Isotopes
  • Gallium Radioisotopes
  • Oligopeptides
  • gallium 68 PSMA-11
  • Edetic Acid