A nuclear medicine ProstaScint exam helps doctors tell if the prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body, especially the lymph nodes. It is also used to see if the prostate cancer has returned when there is a rising serum PSA level.
Nuclear medicine is a diagnostic tool in which images are created using a special camera that images organs and tissues in the body after administration of a radioactive “tracer” (radionuclide or radioisotope) to make them visible. The amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a routine X-ray. The tracer only remains in the body for a short period of time before being eliminated in the urine or stool, usually within 24 hours.
If you need a nuclear medicine test your doctor will write you an order for your test and you can call us to schedule your test.
NOTE: This procedure is not performed in all of our centers. Please contact the location or region nearest you for more information. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have!