Dr Phillip J. Koo provides his thoughts on the use of advanced PET imaging in prostate cancer


Introducing the RADAR studies

Dr Phillip J. Koo provides his thoughts on the use of advanced PET imaging in prostate cancer. He covers when to use these tools by examining the published data, specifically the RADAR 1 and 3 studies. The RADAR (radiographic assessments for detection of advanced recurrence) group, are a team of experts, including Dr Koo, who have published articles pertinent to prostate cancer imaging. The initial paper of RADAR 1 reviewed imaging guidelines with associated clinical validation studies for metastatic prostate cancer. It provided recommendations for clinical practice to improve early detection of metastatic disease. RADAR III focuses on updates regarding next generation imaging for improved guidance.

Important findings for imaging metastatic prostate cancer

In this video and associated slides, Dr Koo details the RADAR 1 and 3 recommendations, comparing conventional imaging to advanced PET imaging for detection of metastatic disease in prostate cancer. Prostate cancer PET detection rates as a function of PSA in patients with biochemical recurrence are addressed. The suitability of radiotracers for next generation imaging is discussed, and how to approach different patient groups. Lastly, what test to use based on availability, accounting for location and coverage by MEDICARE. View the video and slides provided as part of our educational resources and practical guidance for medical oncologists and urologists.

Phillip J. Koo, MD is the Division Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona. Prior to this, he was Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr Koo completed his transitional internship at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center-Presbyterian, radiology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine. He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and American Board of Nuclear Medicine. Dr Koo is an active member of multiple societies and serves on the Scientific Program Committee for the Radiological Society of North America, Nuclear Radiology Certifying Exam Committee for the ABR, and is the Chair of the Quality and Evidence Committee for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).  He is also Chair of the Prostate Cancer Working Group at the SNMMI and was a member of the RADAR I and II working groups. Dr Koo has published on various topics related to radiology and nuclear medicine in multiple journals such as Radiology, Radiographics, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Urology, and Journal of the American College of Radiology.  

Dr Phillip Koo has received financial support/sponsorship for research support, consultation, or speaker fees from the following companies:

AstraZeneca, Bayer, Blue Earth, Janssen, Lantheus, Merck and Novartis. 

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