What is an imaging test for prostate cancer?

Many. The common imaging tests in prostate cancer evaluation include ct and MRI of the pelvis and prostate, bone scan, pet-ct bone scan with naf-18 tracer, and rarely the prostascint test. Most cases need a basic ct scan and a bone scan.
CT scan. Pet scan is more useful to evaluate spread and metastasis.
ProstaScint. Prostascint is a radiolabeled monoclonal antibody to prostate-specific membrane antigen. This imaging study aids in localizing sites of soft tissue metastasis in prostate cancer patients.
Most only need ct. Standard work up at initial diagnosis to include gleason score derived from biopsy, psa, and clinical t stage enable us to predict the likelihood of disease spread outside the prostate capsule, to the lymph nodes, and to the bones. Based upon these risk assessments imaging should be tailored. Ct to evaluate lymph nodes, if high enough risk, bone scan to eval bones. Mri to look at capsule/lns.
Prostate cancer. If you are asking whether there is an imaging test to diagnose prostate caner, the answer is no, at least not in the curable stages. Ct, mri, nuclear scanning are all used to assess for metastatic disease once a biopsy has confirmed the diagnosis.

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What is confirmatory test for prostate cancer?

Biopsy. A prostate biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing prostate cancer. One important issue is to consider having any biopsy reviewed by a 2nd expert pathologist in prostate cancer. Read more...
A single PSA test is. Rarely an indication for a biopsy, but the pattern of psa and rate of rise calls for biopsy to confirm. Many slight rises lead to bx, with some risks of sepsis, and trivial small foci of low risk cancer that are best observed rather than treated. While the biopsy is the correct answer, the real answer is do you really need to know now, and that is individaully very differnt. Read more...

How often should a man with advanced prostate cancer have imaging studies and what studies should be included?

Depends. Typical followup for a man with advanced prostate cancer will include imaging of the abdominal and pelvic structures (usually a ct scan or mri) and imaging of the bones (nuclear medicine bone scan). These help urologist/oncologist detect any spread of disease. Most often these tests are performed initial diagnosis and then discretion of provider (typically every 6-12 months or with rise in psa). Read more...
It depends. The timing, frequency, and type of imaging in a man with adavanced prostate cancer depend on a number of factors. These factors include the stage and grade of the cancer as well as whether or not the man is on hormonal therapy. If he is on hormonal therapy, bone density scanning should be done annually. In addition bone scans and ct scans should be considered if the psa begins to rise. Read more...

What test is used to confirm prostate cancer is gone?

PSA. Treated prostate cancer is monitored for recurrence of tumor by blood test psa elevations , occasionally by pet scan. Read more...
PSA. Psa is an excellent way to monitor response to most prostate cancer treatments. After surgery, the ideal result would be less than 0.01 ng/dl. After radiation, a low (less than 0.5 to 1), stable level indicates a good result. A discussion with your doctor regarding your specific situation is most important since every case is unique. Read more...

How far along are they finding new tests for prostate cancer?

Difficult to answer. Psa has been shown to be not a good screening test and no new test has been recommended. It is not possible to know all the research that may be going on on this subject. Read more...
Not far enough. We do not expect any major changes in testing for prostate cancer. There is some exciting work on molecular diagnostics but the simple answer is there is nothing new and ready to use. Read more...

If initial tests show that prostate cancer might be present, what happens next?

Biopsy. If there is reason to suspect prostate cancer, either by an abnormal blood test or irregular digital rectal examination, then a prostate biopsy is the next step to establish the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, definitive treatment is then considered. Read more...
Biopsy. We need a definite answer. A biopsy, usually done through the rectum and in the office, is the answer. It takes about 5 minutes. Read more...