Theragnostic use of radiolabelled dota-peptides in meningioma: From clinical demand to future applications

Young AIMN Working Group, Young SIRM Working Group

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Meningiomas account for approximately 30% of all new diagnoses of intracranial masses. The 2016 World Health Organization’s (WHO) classification currently represents the clinical standard for meningioma’s grading and prognostic stratification. However, watchful waiting is frequently the chosen treatment option, although this means the absence of a certain histological diagnosis. Consequently, MRI (or less frequently CT) brain imaging currently represents the unique available tool to define diagnosis, grading, and treatment planning in many cases. Nonetheless, these neuroimaging modalities show some limitations, particularly in the evaluation of skull base lesions. The emerging evidence supporting the use of radiolabelled somatostatin receptor analogues (such as dota-peptides) to provide molecular imaging of meningiomas might at least partially overcome these limitations. Moreover, their potential therapeutic usage might enrich the current clinical offering for these patients. Starting from the strengths and weaknesses of structural and functional neuroimaging in meningiomas, in the present article we systematically reviewed the published studies regarding the use of radiolabelled dota-peptides in surgery and radiotherapy planning, in the restaging of treated patients, as well as in peptide-receptor radionuclide therapy of meningioma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1412
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Meningioma
  • Neuroimaging
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Radionuclide therapy
  • Somatostatin receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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