What is the role of CT scans in the workup of prostate cancer?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Lanna Cheuck, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Men with PSA levels above 10 ng/mL, high-grade histology (Gleason score of 7 or higher), or physical findings that suggest stage T3 disease should probably undergo a staging computed tomography (CT) scan and bone scan. CT scanning is the one modality with evidence-based guidelines. The CT scan can be used to evaluate extension into the bladder and lymph nodes to help stage the patient's cancer or to consider lymph node sampling prior to treatment.


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