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Prostate cancer And bone Scan

Recently my dad was diagnosed with PCa. His Psa was 5.9 and Gleason score of 7 (3+4). He is asymptomatic with has no bone pain. In considering Brachytherapy the cancer clinic recommended a bone scan.  During the scan the radiographer must have saw something as she asked him to go and wash his pelvic area( I am assuming possible contamination). She then proceeded to take pictures to the radiologist from there she went on to take another set of pictures as well as a side view. The scans were taken last week (Wednesday) and we are waiting in agony for  the resultsas eeven more concearned due to the radiographer's actions. We have called the clinic an they said results could be here today or week from today.  My question is what length of time does it take to get results?  If Mets would have been detected would the radiologist ensure we are called call immediately? I understand mets with his numbers is unlikely but could it be mets from another undiagnosed cancer?.   Thanks Anxiously waiting any thoughts!!!!
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The turnaround time from test to report vary from institution to institution. I don't think it would be unreasonable for results to be released with 5 days of having some diagnostic radiology performed. Having said that, with a Gleason 5.9, bone metastasis related to prostate cancer would be unlikely. Although there has been evidence of the limited utility in bone scan in detecting micometastasis. To note, lung and breast (with the addition of prostate) have an affinity to spread to the bone.

Thank you for your question and good luck.


Ashutosh (Ash) K. Tewari, MD

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