A ProstaScint scan uses an injection of low-level radioactive material to test for the spread of prostate cancer.
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This test is given to men who have prostate cancer to see if it has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas.
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
Your doctor may do a bone scan. This is a test that detects areas of increased or decreased bone turnover. It can reveal bone injury, bone disease, or cancer spread to the bones.
Before your test:
For the scan, you will be positioned next to a device that takes images.
The radioactive material that was injected into your vein is attracted to prostate cancer cells in the body. Whole body images will be taken to detect areas where the material collects. This is done to find out if the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other organs away from your prostate.
You will be able to leave after the test is done. You can resume normal activities. You may need to return the next day for more images.
Your doctor will review the images. The results will be ready in a few days.
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Last reviewed August 2014 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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