68Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT is well documented in evaluation of well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors and in other lesions with somatostatin receptor expression such as pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma, neuroblastoma, meningioma, and mesenchymal tumors causing oncogenic osteomalacia. Causes of interpretative pitfalls include prominent pancreatic uncinate process activity, inflammation, osteoblastic activity (degenerative bone disease/fracture/vertebral hemangioma), splenunculi/splenosis, and others. We present a case of extraskeletal paravertebral lesion detected in a known case of breast cancer with increased 68Ga-DOTANOC uptake later proved to be hemangioma. This is a novel finding and should be kept as a rare benign differential in evaluation of lesions with somatostatin receptor expression.
From the Departments of *Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, and
†Surgery, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
Received for publication December 8, 2018; revision accepted January 22, 2019.
Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.
Correspondence to: Bhagwant Rai Mittal, MD, DNB, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.