Was this page useful?

*Required Field

Research / UCCRI/ Prostate Portal/ Prostate Cancer/ Diagnosis

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

After the diagnosis of prostate cancer, additional tests can be completed to test if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Tests can include:

Bone scan: A scan to detect if there are cancer cells in the bone. There is a radioactive material that is injected into the vein; it travels into the bloodstream to collect in areas where there are cancer cells. The cancer cells are detected by the scanner.

CT scan: A scan used to generate an image of the pelvic and abdomen area of the body.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A high – powered scan similar to a CT scan but it generates a more detailed image of a certain part of the body, such as bone.

Seminal vesicle biopsy: A procedure where a needle removes the fluid from seminal vesicles, and a pathologist views the fluid for cancer cells under a microscope.