This exam detects metastases (spreading of cancer) in newly diagnosed prostate cancer, or metastases in patients who have undergone a prostatectomy, but are still having high PSA levels.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No preparation is needed prior to the first exam. At all subsequent visits, you will need to have an empty bladder for optimal imaging.
What can I expect during the exam?
This exam is conducted by a specially registered technologist in molecular imaging.
A prostate cancer study is a two-part exam:
- On day one, you will be injected through an IV with a radioisotope and antibody. You will then be scanned for 30 to 60 minutes. At this appointment, you will be given a bowel prep kit to use prior to your return visit. Detailed instructions for the kit will be provided at this time.
- On day five, after using the bowel prep kit, you will return for additional imaging. This will take approximately 90 minutes.
What can I expect after the exam?
Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.
Your scan will be read by a radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.