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Bone scan for prostate cancer

Bone scan for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer can metastasize to the bones. If you are experiencing bone pain or blood tests reveal elevated calcium levels, your radiation oncologist may perform a bone scan to detect if prostate cancer has spread to the bone.

What is a bone scan?

A bone scan is an imaging test that can detect cancerous cells, evaluate fractures in the bones, and monitor other bone conditions, such as infections and arthritis. During a bone scan, a small dose of radioactive material is injected into a vein, where it travels through the bloodstream. The material collects in the bones and is detected by a scanner using nuclear imaging to reveal cell activity and function in the bones.

A bone scan can detect cancer that has metastasized to the bone from a different primary site, such as the breast, prostate or lungs. It may also be used to evaluate bone health before treatment.

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