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If my friend was told by the doctor to do a bone test afyrr a prostate biopsy does that mean its srrious?

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In brief: Sometimes

Bone scans should only be recommended to patient with high-risk prostate cancer.
Proper use of bone scan in asymptomatic patients should be limited to very high psa (usually >10, always >20), gleason 8 or higher biopsy result and clinically advanced disease. For the vast majority of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer today (i.e. 85%), they should not be recommended to undergo a bone scan.

In brief: Sometimes

Bone scans should only be recommended to patient with high-risk prostate cancer.
Proper use of bone scan in asymptomatic patients should be limited to very high psa (usually >10, always >20), gleason 8 or higher biopsy result and clinically advanced disease. For the vast majority of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer today (i.e. 85%), they should not be recommended to undergo a bone scan.
Dr. Eric Umbreit
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In brief: Possibly

A bone scan is performed when there is suspicion of metastatic cancer (almost any type of cancer, not limited to prostate).
In many instances, bone scans are performed for the sake of being complete and doing an appropriate baseline evaluation. This test can then be compared to a future bone scan if the clinical picture of the patient changes.

In brief: Possibly

A bone scan is performed when there is suspicion of metastatic cancer (almost any type of cancer, not limited to prostate).
In many instances, bone scans are performed for the sake of being complete and doing an appropriate baseline evaluation. This test can then be compared to a future bone scan if the clinical picture of the patient changes.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Bone scan involves an injection of a radioactive material that is detected by Gamma cameras. It can be as part of a standard work up to rule out metastatic disease to bone. A more sensitive and specific test in the horizon is called sodium floride pet scan to do the same.
Dr. Eric Umbreit
Bone scans should only be recommended to patient with high-risk prostate cancer. Proper use of bone scan in asymptomatic patients should be limited to very high PSA (usually >10, always >20), Gleason 8 or higher biopsy result and clinically advanced disease. For the vast majority of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer today (i.e. 85%), they should not be recommended to undergo a bone scan.
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