Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging procedure that is unique by virtue of its ability to image biochemical reactions and physiological functions. This is accomplished by measuring concentrations of radioactive chemicals that are partially metabolized in the body region of interest.
PET with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has been quite successful in the imaging evaluation of a large number of tumor types. Prostate cancer, however, has variable accumulation of FDG, which is probably a reflection of the heterogeneous nature of the disease. Early studies of FDG-PET in prostate cancer have shown that FDG accumulation in the primary prostate cancer may be low and overlap with the uptake in benign prostatic hyperplasia, in normal gland, and in postoperative scar or local recurrence. However, animal and preliminary clinical studies have demonstrated that FDG-PET may be useful in the evaluation of advanced disease and in patients with high Gleason scores and serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, in the detection of active osseous and soft tissue metastases, and in the assessment of response after androgen ablation and treatment with novel chemotherapies.
NCCN now does recommend PET for prostate cancer staging and restaging.
MRI may be helpful to assess local invasion. Current recommendations vary; bone scan and pelvic CT or MRI are suggested for those with serum PSA >20 ng/ml or Gleason score =8, or for stage T3 or T4 disease. It is indicated to do a MRI (NCCN, p.6) under some circumstances.
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