Imaging in Prostate Cancer—Current Standards and Technology in Development

March 26, 2013

Imaging is important for both the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. Standard techniques used in everyday clinical practice depend on the stage of the disease. To initially diagnose a prostate tumor in a patient with an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level, either ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used. The choice to use ultrasound or MRI typically varies from center to center in the United States, with many centers using ultrasound-guided biopsies to diagnose localized disease.