Bone scintigraphy, commonly referred to as bone scan (also skeletal scintigraphy) is a special nuclear medical method for examination that measures the traces of radioactive agent, e.g. previously administered radioactive medication accumulated inside the bone. The distribution patterns and the amount of tracers allow for indications of an increased metabolism, such is generally found with metastasic prostate cancer.
In contrast to radiological examination procedures (CT/MRT), which primarily show the changes of the bone structure, scintigraphy primarily provides information about abnormal changes in the bone metabolism. Abnormal scintigrafic findings are, however, no evidence for metastasis, since they can also occur as a result of benign bone disease or deterioration of the joints (arthritis).
Bone scintigraphy should always be performed to rule out bone metastasis in all patients with prostate specific antigen level (PSA) above 20 ng/ml, or with aggressive tumor types (Gleason score above 7).
Radiation or surgery for prostate cancer? No other cancer disease causes opinions to differ as widely as does prostate cancer.
MRI technology has substantially improved in the past few years. A new generation of MRI devices and additional technological advances (contrast enhancement and special processing) are being used together — in select imaging centers — to generate amazingly clear images of the prostate.
In a recently published ranking of physicians, Dr. Stephan Neubauer, Chief of Urology at the West-German Prostate Center, was again voted to be one of the best urologists in Germany
An international panel of experts developed unique tool to support therapy decision-making in prostate cancer.
New PSMA marker increases accuracy in detecting prostate cancer tumor foci and metastases even more precisely than the choline PET/CT.
Surgery, radiotherapy or just wait and see? Prostate cancer like no other type of cancer, creates so many misconceptions, biases, and wrong information concerning the causes, treatment methods, and possible cures.