If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there is a new diagnostic test you should know about.

PSMA PET/CT is a new type of PET/CT scan that measures prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA). PSMA is a protein that exists within cells of the prostate gland. A higher concentration of PSMA is present in malignant cells.

This test is superior to other tests (like CT or nuclear bone scan) to stage prostate cancer to help you and your doctor to guide treatment decisions. It can also evaluate a possible recurrence of cancer or help determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. It’s 92% accuracy rate at finding metastases is far better than that of conventional imaging, which is at 65%.

Is PSMA PET/CT right for me?

This test is recommended if you:

  • Have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Have localized prostate cancer that may have a high risk of metastasis
  • Have been treated for prostate cancer require a follow-up imaging evaluation
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