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.

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR A STATE-BY STATE LIST OF WHERE THE SCAN IS OFFERED

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.

For further information, please contact the PET/CT department or the Nuclear Medicine department at the institution and ask to speak with the person who schedules the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan with NETSPOT® for carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors.

 

ALABAMA

University of Alabama Medicine, Birmingham

General Information: 205-934-4011

 

ARIZONA

Banner MD Anderson, Gilbert (a suburb of Phoenix)

General Phone: 480-256-6444

 

Mayo Clinic, Phoenix

General Phone: 480-515-6296

 

University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix

Scheduling: 602-406-6700

Fax: 602-798-9686

NOTE: Patients can also have the scan at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Outpatient Diagnostic and Imaging at 350 West Thomas Road in Phoenix. Scheduling phone number is the same as above.

 

VA Healthcare System, Phoenix

General Phone: 602-277-5551

Toll-free: 800-554-7174

 

CALIFORNIA 

California Care Imaging and Treatment Center, Pleasant Hill

General: 925-435-1105

Fax:  925-677-5011

Medi-Cal does not cover the test, Medicare will cover it, and commercial insurance must be authorized by the center before the test can be scheduled.

 

Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles

General Info: 800-233-2771

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

 

City of Hope, Duarte

General Information: 626-256-4673

Toll-Free: 1-800-826-4673

 

Contra Costa Oncology, San Francisco

General Information: 925-939-9610

 

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

General Phone: 510-752-1000

 

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, Roseville

General Information:  916-784-4000

 

Kaiser Permanente, San Leandro

General Information: 510-454-1000

 

Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara

General Phone: 408-851-1000

 

Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek

General Phone: 925-295-4000

 

Northern California PET Imaging Center, Sacramento

Information: 916-737-3211

Toll-Free: 888-PET-3211 or 888-738-3211

 

Palms Imaging Center, Oxnard

General Information: 805-604-9500

Email: info@palmsimaging.com

 

PET Imaging of San Jose, San Jose

General: 408-297-8844

Fax: 408-297-8220

Once doctors have submitted all of the necessary information, patients will be contacted to schedule an appointment.  The center will also handle the insurance information to ensure patients are covered and cleared for the scan.

 

The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla

Scheduling: 858-554-7844

Fax: 858-554-6397

 

Stanford University, Palo Alto

General Phone:  650-498-6000

 

Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto

New Patients: 888-398-5677

 

Tower St. John’s Imaging, Santa Monica

General Information: 310-264-9000

 

UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

General Information: 1-800-282-3284

24-hour operator: 916-734-2011

 

UC San Diego Health, La Jolla

PET/CT Department: 619-543-1998

Fax: 619-543-3058

Patients new to UCSD Health should first call 888-309-8273 to register and get a medical record number.  For patients with commercial insurance, you/your doctor will need to obtain authorization for codes A9587 and 78815, which will authorize both the scan and NETSPOT.  Patients should also bring any previous imaging they have had done with them.

 

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

Central Scheduling: 415-353-2573

Fax: 415-353-7299

Billing: 415-514-8888

The test is given at the Imaging Center, China Basin location. Prior to scheduling an appointment, the doctor’s office will need to get the insurance authorization and include that in the paperwork faxed to UCSF.

 

University of California, Los Angeles

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

Click here for other phone numbers at different locations

 

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

Kaiser Rock Creek, Lafayette

Medical Imaging Scheduling: 303-338-3456

Fax: 303-861-3111

 

Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Denver

General Info: 303-930-7880

 

Kaiser Permanente, Lone Tree

General Information: 303-338-4545

 

Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton

General Information: 303-730-8900

 

St. Joseph Hospital, Denver

Nuclear Medicine: 303-812-4885

 

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

 

DELAWARE

Christiana Hospital, Newark

PET/CT Department: 302-733-1528 (ask to speak with Sandy, order from physician must be sent before appointment can be made)

Fax: 302-733-1502

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

General Information: 855-MED-0364

Medstar Washington Hospital Center

General Information: 844-333-DOCS (3627)

FLORIDA

Cancer Specialists of North Florida, Jacksonville

Scheduling: 904-538-4490, option 1

Fax: 904-538-7475

Order information and medical records must be sent by the physician before the test is approved. The center will then call patients to set up an appointment.

 

Florida Cancer Specialists, Leesburg South

Information:  352-787-9448 (select option for Appointments)

 

Florida Cancer Specialists, New Port Richey

Scheduling for non- Florida Cancer Specialists patients: 855-271-8071

Scheduling for Florida Cancer Specialists patients will be done in-house.

 

Florida Cancer Specialists, Tampa

General Information: 813-875-3950

 

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa

Information: 813-972-2000

Toll-Free: 888-716-7787

 

PET Imaging Institute of South Florida, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines

Scheduling an appointment: 954-981-6668

NETSPOT® scheduler: Audrey Blunt

Managed care questions, contact: Gwen Aguero, 954-253-2018, gaguero@piisf.com or Lisette Cruz Deno, 954-981-6668,  lcdeno@piisf.com

 

Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville

General Information: 904-953-2000

Appointments:  904-953-0853

 

Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa

General Information: 1-888-663-3488

 

Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando

Information: 321-841-5111

 

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Hospital, Miami

Scheduling Department: 305-243-6453

 

GEORGIA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Newnan

Contact: Melissa Payton, 470-241-7605

Fax: 770-400-6843

Email:  melissa.payton@ctca-hope.com

 

ILLINOIS

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Chicago

General Information: 708-202-8387

 

Edward Hospital, Naperville

General Information: 630-527-3000

 

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst

Main Hospital: 331-221-1000

Central Scheduling: 630-527-3200

 

Loyola Medicine, Maywood

General Information: 1-888-584-7888

 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Nuclear Medicine Department:  312-926-3762

 

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Appointments: 888-352-RUSH (7874)

 

Skokie Hospital, Skokie

Radiology Department: 847-674-9390

 

University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago

Radiology Central Scheduling:  773-795-9723

Radiology Fax:  773-834-3527

 

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

Baptist Hospital, Lexington

Scheduling: 859-260-6547

Typically, the doctor’s office will call to arrange sending the necessary paperwork and scheduling the appointment.

 

Markey Cancer Center, Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Cancer Team, Lexington

Patient appointments: 859-257-4488

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

 

LOUISIANA

East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie

PET Fusion Center: 504-503-6295

Central Scheduling fax number: 504-456-8048

Patients need to have their doctors submit a physician’s order, insurance information, and medication, such as somatostatin therapies.  The ordering physicians’s office needs to obtain insurance authorization for their patients.

 

Ochsner Health System, Neuroendocrine Tumor Program, Kenner

Patient appointments: 504-502-7118

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

 

 

MARYLAND

Advanced Radiology, 7 sites

PET/CT Scheduling:  410-918-3618 (Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm)

 

Chesapeake Medical Imaging

Bowie: 301-262-8282

Glen Birney: 410-590-0015

Towson: 410-921-3378

 

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore

General Information: 410-955-5000

 

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

 

Sinai Hospital, Baltimore

Scheduling: 410-601-5054

 

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda

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

General Information, Local Number: 301-295-4000

 

MASSACHUSSETTS

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

PET/CT Center: 617-667-2071 (option 1)

 

Boston Medical Center, Boston

PET Scheduler: 617-414-6440

 

Brigham Women’s Hospital, Cancer Center, Boston

General Information: 617-732-5500

 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

To have the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan at Dana-Farber, patients must first consult with a physician at Dana-Farber; the Carcinoid/ Neuroendocrine Tumor program can be reached at 617-632-5136

 

Emerson Hospital, Concord

General Information: 978-369-1400

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Boston

General Information: 781-744-5100

 

Tufts Medical Center, Cancer Center, Boston

General Information: 617-636-5000

Cancer Center: 617-636-6227

 

University of Massachusetts Memorial MRI and Imaging Center, Worcester

PET/CT Department: 866-258-4738

PET/CT Fax: 888-662-4700

Questions, please ask for Christy; faxed materials should also be sent to Christy’s attention.  Your doctor will need to call to make the arrangements and send over all necessary order and insurance information. UMass will check each patient’s insurance to ensure they are covered for this test.

 

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

 

Research Medical Center, Kansas City

Appointments Contact:  Jessica Smith, 816-276-4067; fax 816-276-3138

Email: Jessica.Smith@hcamidwest.com

 

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis

Schedule an appointment:  314-577-8022

Fax: 314-268-5589 (a doctor’s order is required to schedule an appointment)

 

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

General Number: 800-922-0000

Insurance questions: 402-559-2110

Physicians must schedule the appointment for patients.

 

Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, Lincoln

General Information: 402-420-7000 (patients must see a physician at Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center in order to have the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan there; the physician will order the scan)

 

 

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

 

Morristown Medical Center, Morristown

General Information: 973-971-5000

 

Personal Care Molecular Imaging, Wall

General Information: 732-681-2700

Toll Free: 877-PET-PCMI (877-738-7264)

 Schedule an appointment:  973-754-2756Fax: 973-754-2692

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)

 

Northwell Health, Syosset Hospital, Syosett

General Information:  (516) 496-6400

 

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

 

NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center, New York City

General Information: 212-731-6000

 

Remote Diagnostic Imaging, New York City 

General Number: 212-599-5555

Fax: 212-599-5554

Call general number for scheduling and insurance questions.

 

St. Francis Diagnostic Center, North Hills

General Information: 516-562-6000

 

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

 

White Plains Hospital, White Plains

Nuclear Medicine:  914-681-1187 (patients must have a prescription from a physician before an appointment for the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan can be made)

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

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

 

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte

Scheduling: 704-384-7226, option #2

Fax: 704-384-8511

Physicians must schedule the appointment for patients. Please advise your physician to ask for NETSPOT.

 

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

 

Wake Forrest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem

Nuclear Medicine Scheduling:  336-716-7243

Fax:  336-713-4972 (in order to schedule the scan, patients must have a doctor’s referral and insurance authorization)

 

OHIO

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland

General Information: 1-800-223-2273

 

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

 

OKLAHOMA

St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City

Scheduling: 403-272-6688

Fax: 403-272-7961

Patients’ doctors must send all necessary information.

 

VA Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City

General Information: 405-456-1000

 

OREGON

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

General Information: 503-494-8311

 

Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland

Diagnostic Imaging Scheduling:  503-215-6079

Fax:  503-215-6862 (patients must have a physician’s order to schedule an appointment for the Gallium-68 PET/CT scan)

 

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland

General Information: 503-216-1234

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Abington PET/CT of Willow Grove, Willow Grove

Radiology Scheduling: 215-481-3377

 

Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh

General Information: 412-359-3131

 

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

General Information: 412-692-5325

 

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

 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

General Information: 800-533-3669

 

UPMC Hillman CancerCenter, Pittsburgh

General Information: 412-647-2811

 

UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh

General Information: 412-647-2345

 

UPMC Regional Cancer Center, Erie

Radiation Oncology: 814-838-9000

 

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Hospital, Providence

Nuclear Medicine:  401-444-5281

 

TEXAS

Austin Radiological Associates, Austin

Scheduling: 512-519-3456 (option #1 Schedule an Exam, the Option #2 PET scan)

 

Choice Cancer Care, Irving

Pet/CT Department: 214-379-2790

Fax: 214-379-2757

 

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)

 

Northpoint Cancer Center, Dallas

Scheduling: 469-364-7880, ext. 233

Fax:  469-364-7895 (patients must have a physician’s order, include the front and back of your insurance card, and the most recent clinic notes from the referring physician)

 

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

General Information: 877-701-4903

If you are a patient at MD Anderson, your doctor will need to call to schedule the scan.  If you are not a patient at MD Anderson, you will need a referral and will need to call the Diagnostic Imaging Scan team at the General Information number above.

 

University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Clement Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center, Dallas

Appointments: 214-645-8300

 

University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Dallas

General Information: 214-648-3111

 

Verity Radiation Therapy Center, Plano

Scheduling:  972-820-1400, ext. 118

Fax:  972-820-1020 (patients must have a doctor’s order before making an appointment)

 

 

UTAH

Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Salt Lake City

PET Scheduling:  801-587-4683 (special note: the ordering physician must call Huntsman, a form is required to be completed before the Gallium-68 PET/CT can be scheduled, also required are the most recent clinic notes and images)

 

Intermountain Healthcare, Murrary

Scheduling Access (choose Option 3): 801-314-2370

Fax:  801-442-0270 (please include the patient’s name and phone number for a call back)

 

University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City

General Information:  801-581-2121

 

VIRGINIA

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir (military healthcare)

General Information: 571-231-3224

 

Lake Wright Radiation Oncology, Norfolk

PET/CT Department: 757-507-0427

Fax: 757-275-9741

Insurance Information: 757-736-2628 ask to speak with Randy for insurance questions

Prior to scheduling an appointment, patients must have all the necessary information from their physician’s office.

 

The Positron Emission Tomography Institute, Hampton Roads, Norfolk

General Information: 757-855-9700

Fax: 757-855-9755

Prior to scheduling an appointment patients need all paperwork, previous scans, insurance information, etc. from their physician.

 

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk

Phone numbers and information all the same as Lake Wright Radiation Oncology in Norfolk above.

 

WASHINGTON

University of Washington, Seattle

Radiology/Imaging Services

Information: 206-598-7200

 

Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

General Information: 206-223-6881

Toll-Free: 1-888-862-2737

 

WASHINGTON, DC (see District of Columbia)

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia University, Morgantown

General Information: 304-293-0111

 

WISCONSIN

Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee

Nuclear Medicine Scheduling:  414-805-3771

Fax:  414-771-3460 (patients outside of the Froedtert Hospital system must have a doctor’s order and should also have the physician’s recent clinical notes)

 

 

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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