Gallium 68 PET/CT Scanning for Neuroendocrine Tumors — Information and Locations

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) June 1, 2016 approval of the Gallium-68 PET/CT DOTATATE scan using NETSPOT® heralded a new age of nuclear imaging for neuroendocrine tumors in the United States.

Locations of the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan have been submitted, in part, in response to a post on the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation’s Facebook page inquiring where people have had the scan around the world. Most of these in the United States will be the scan using NETSPOT®; others will be scans that are in clinical trial. For further information, please contact the PET/CT department or the Nuclear Medicine department at the institution. We will be adding to the list on a monthly basis based on feedback from the NET community.

If you know of other institutions that offer the scan, please contact the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation by phone at 888-722-3132, Eastern Time, or by email at carcinoid@carcinoid.org and share the name of the institution, city, state, and phone number for more information about the scan.

Before scheduling a Gallium-68 scan you should:

  • Discuss this imaging test with your physician
  • Obtain a referral (if needed) to the institution offering the scan
  • Check with your insurance company to determine if the scan will be covered.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted NETSPOT® Transitional Pass-Through Status under an “A-code” (A9587) for drug reimbursement, effective January 1, 2017. What this means is that the different institutions doing the Gallium-68 scan utilizing NETSPOT® now have a reimbursement code to submit to Medicare/Medicaid and private payors. While it does not guarantee that individual patients will get insurance coverage, this is a very positive step for getting more institutions to offer the Gallium-68 scan. To read the Advanced Accelerator Applications press release about the Transitional Pass-Through Status, click here: http://bit.ly/2hf8Sjr.

For your information, here are some articles about Gallium-68 imaging:


UNITED STATES

Locations where the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan is offered in other countries will be added to the list at a later date.

 

ARIZONA

Banner Good Samaritan, Phoenix

General Phone: 602-839-2000

 

Banner MD Anderson, Gilbert (a suburb of Phoenix)

General Phone: 480-256-6444

 

Mayo Clinic, Phoenix

General Phone: 480-515-6296

 

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix

General Phone: 855-382-0525

Cancer Center: 602-406-UACC (8222)

 

VA Healthcare System, Phoenix

General Phone: 602-277-5551

Toll-free: 800-554-7174

 

CALIFORNIA 

Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles

General Info: 800-233-2771

Gallium scan, https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Imaging-Center/For-Patients/Exams-by-Procedure/Nuclear-Medicine/Gallium-Scan.aspx

Imaging Scheduling Department:  310-423-8000, option #1 for scheduling (must have doctor’s orders/referral)

 

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

General Phone: 510-752-1000

 

Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara

General Phone: 408-851-1000

 

Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek

General Phone: 925-295-4000

 

Palms Imaging Center, Oxnard

General Information: 805-604-9500

Email: info@palmsimaging.com

 

PET Imaging of San Jose

General Phone: (408) 297-8844

 

Stanford University, Palo Alto

General Phone:  650-498-6000

 

Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto

New Patients: 888-398-5677

 

University of California, Los Angeles

Westwood campus: 310-794-1005, option #1

Click here for other phone numbers at different locations

 

University of California San Francisco Medical Center

General Info: 888-689-UCSF (8273)

 

VA Healthcare System, Los Angeles

West Los Angeles Medical Center: 310-478-3711

General Information: 844-MyVA311 (844-698-2311)

 

VA Healthcare System, Palo Alto

General Information: 650-493-5000

Toll-free: 800-455-0057

 

VA Healthcare System, San Francisco

General Information: 415-221-4810

Toll-free: 877-487-2838

 

COLORADO

Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Denver

General Info: 303-930-7880

 

Swedish Medical Center, Denver

Main number: 303-788-5000

Toll-free:  866-779-334

 

University of Colorado, UCHealth, Denver

Metro Denver: 720-848-0000
Northern Colorado: 970-495-7000
Southern Colorado: 719-365-5000

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

General Information: 855-MED-0364

Medstar Washington Hospital Center

General Information: 844-333-DOCS (3627)

 

ILLINOIS

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Chicago

General Information: 708-202-8387

 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Nuclear Medicine Department:  312-926-3762

 

OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford

General Info: 815) 226-2000

 

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Appointments: 888-352-RUSH (7874)

 

INDIANA

Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis
Nuclear Medicine Department: 317-963-7228

 

IOWA

University of Iowa, Neuroendocrine Cancer Program, Iowa City

General Info: 800-777-8442

Clinical Cancer Center: 319-356-4200

 

KENTUCKY

Markey Cancer Center, Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Cancer Team, Lexington

Patient appointments: 859-257-4488

Patient appointments, Toll-free:  866-340-4488

 

LOUISIANA

Ochsner Health System, Neuroendocrine Tumor Program, Kenner

Patient appointments: 504-502-7118

Patient appointments, Toll-free: 866-336-5108

 

MARYLAND

Mercy Medical Center – Mercy Hospital, Baltimore

General Information: 410-332-9000

 

National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda (read more about eligibility criteria for this clinical trial)

Roxanne Merkel, 301-827-4988

 

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda

General Information, Toll-Free: 800-526-7101

General Information, Local Number: 301-295-4000

 

MASSACHUSSETTS

Beth Israel Deaconsess Medical Center, Boston

General Information:  617-667-7000

 

Brigham Women’s Hospital, Cancer Center, Boston

General Information: 617-732-5500

 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

Appointments, Adults:  877-442-3324

Appointments, Pediatric: 888-733-4662

Emerson Hospital, Concord

General Information: 978-369-1400

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Boston

General Information: 781-744-5100

 

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

General Information: 617-726-2000

 

Tufts Medical Center, Cancer Center, Boston

General Information: 617-636-5000

Cancer Center: 617-636-6227

 

VA Healthcare, Boston

Brockton Division:

General Number: 508-583-4500

Toll-free: 800-865-3384

 

Jamaica Plain Division:

General Number: 617-232-9500

Toll-free: 800-865-3384

 

West Roxbury Division:

General Number: 617-323-7700

Toll-free: 800-865-3384

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan (Dr. Auchus), Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor

Cancer Answer Line (Toll-free): 1-800-645-1125

General Information: 734-936-4000

 

MINNESOTA

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

General Information: 507-284-2511

 

MISSOURI

Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis

General Phone: 314.747.3000

Cancer Center Main: 800-600-3606

 

NEW JERSEY

Englewood Hospital, Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, Englewood

General Information: 201-894-3000

 

Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack

General Information: 855-385-HEAL (4325)

 

Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck

Cancer Services: http://holyname.org/RegionalCancerCenter/index.aspx

Cancer Center: 201-541-5900

Patient Information: 201-833-3300

For questions about the scan, including insurance coverage, contact Terry Lairmore, Manager of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, at 201-833-3675 or write to her at lairmore@holyname.org.

 

JFK Medical Center, Edison

General Information: 732-321-7000

 

Personal Care Molecular Imaging, Wall

General Information: 732-681-2700

Toll Free: 877-PET-PCMI (877-738-7264)
Contact: Dr. Nasrin Ghesani, Nuclear Medicine Department, at 973-972-6022 or write to her at nasrin.ghesani@rutgers.edu

 

NEW YORK

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City
General Information: 212-434-2000

 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
Main Phone: 212-639-2000

 

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, Bronx
Phone: 718-682-8840

 

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
Cancer Services
General Information: 212-844-8087

 

Northwell Health, Bay Shore
General Phone: 631-414-8000

 

Northwell Health at the Center for Advanced Medicine, Lake Success
Toll-Free Phone: 888-321-DOCS (3627)

 

NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City
General Information: 646-925-7800

 

Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook
General Information: 631-689-8333

 

Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City

General Phone: 212-746-5454

Patient Services: (646) 962-2800

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Duke Health, Durham
Cancer Center
Information: 919-613-1909

University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care, Chapel Hill
General Information: 984-974-1000

 

OHIO

Ohio State University, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Toll-free: 800-293-5066
General Information: 614-293-5066

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Abington PET/CT of Willow Grove, Willow Grove

Radiology Scheduling: 215-481-3377

 

Allegheny General Hospital, Pittburgh

General Information: 412-359-3131

 

Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia
Toll-free: 888-FOX-CHASE (888-369-2427)

 

Penn Medicine, The Abramson Cancer Center, Philadelphia
Toll-free: 800-789-7366

 

Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown
General Information: 610-740-9500 (to request an appointment choose Option 3)

 

St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem

General Information: 484-526-4000

 

UPMC CancerCenter, Pittsburgh

General Information: 412-647-2811

 

UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh

General Information: 412-647-2345

 

TEXAS

Excel Diagnostics, Houston
General Information: 713-781-6200

 

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston

General Information: 713-794-8985

Toll-Free Number: 800-639-5137 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

 

UTAH

University of Utah Hospital

General Information:  801-581-2121

 

WASHINGTON

University of Washington, Seattle

Radiology/Imaging Services

Information: 206-598-7200

 

WASHINGTON, DC (see District of Columbia)

 

 

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  • This is a huge advance for those of us in the U.S. Gallium 68 has been available elsewhere for years.
    People need to be aware that interpreting this scan can be difficult. Only Doctors trained explicitly in this test should be trusted to interpret the scan pictures properly. Dr. Liu says it takes a NETS expert to read these.

    • CarcinoidNETs

      Thanks so much, Cy, for sharing Dr. Liu’s thoughts about experts reading the Gallium 68 scan. We at CCF agree that neuroendocrine cancer experts are the best people to interpret the scan. The FDA approval of Gallium 68 scanning with NETSPOT is a huge advance in imaging for the neuroendocrine tumor community!

      • Mary Lynch-Pinckard

        Is Duke an actual option for getting a scan? I can’t find anything on their site about NET cancers or carcinoid.

        • CarcinoidNETs

          Hi Mary,

          There are many sites around the country offering the Gallium scan that do not have NET specialists. If you are seeing a specialist, and the scan is available at the specialist’s institution, it would be best to have it there. All sites have been trained about the scan so it is absolutely your choice as to where to have it. If you are seeing a specialist whose institution does not yet have the Gallium scan, please consult with that physician for his/her guidance.

          We appreciate you reading our blog,
          The CCF Team