PSMA PET Scan For Prostate : What It Is and How Long Does It Takes?

PSMA PET Scan For Prostate : What It Is and How Long Does It Takes?

Prostate gland is an accessory gland of male reproductive system. It is located below the urinary bladder surrounding the urethra and produces alkaline secretions that forms part of semen.

What is PSMA PET scan for prostate?

Prostate gland is an accessory gland of male reproductive system. It is located below the urinary bladder surrounding the urethra and produces alkaline secretions that forms part of semen.

It has different zones namely

1) Central zone- 2-3% prostate cancers arise from this zone and are tend to be more aggressive.

2)Transition zone - BPH (benign prostatic enlargement) originates from this zone.

3)Peripheral zone - 70% prostate cancer arises from this zone.

4) Anterior fibromuscular zone

PSMA PET scan stands for prostate -specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography scan. It is a latest technique in nuclear medicine for the diagnosis and evaluation of prostate cancer.

PSMA PET scan has high sensitivity as compared to other imaging techniques for detecting prostate cancer and metastases.

Prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is a type of protein located on the surface of cancer cells. In PSMA PET scan for prostate, radiopharmaceutical agent is used which target these proteins on the surface of cancer cell and help in the early identification, diagnosis of distant metastases and management of prostate cancer.

To obtain more enhanced images, PSMA PET scan is usually done along with CT or MRI scans.

Why do I need PSMA PET scan for prostate?

PSMA PET scan for prostate is used for identification and evaluation of:

1) Prostate cancer

2)To identify distant metastases from prostate cancer

3)To identify prostate cancer recurrence

4) To check eligibility of patient for PSMA targeting cancer therapy

5) To monitor the efficacy of treatment in prostate cancer patients

6)Before surgical approach to prostate in case of prostate cancer.

7) For staging prostate cancer.

How do I prepare for PSMA PET scan?

Follow these steps before going for PSMA PET test for prostate gland

1) Get an appointment- Schedule your appointment in a Diagnostic center having the facility of PSMA PET scan for prostate gland because it is available in limited centers.

2) Fasting- 6-7 hours fasting is required before PSMA PET scan test.

3) Allergy- Inform your Clinician about prior history of allergy to any drug or medications.

4) Clothing- Dress yourself in clothes as comfortable as possible and that are easy to put on and off.  

5) Medical reports- Don’t forget to carry all relevant medical reports along with you while going for PET scan. These reports may aid in better evaluation of your condition.

6) Claustrophobia and anxiety - If you have claustrophobia or anxiety disorder then don’t hesitate to tell your Doctor about it. He may give you sedative or some alternatives to help overcome this while performing test.

7) Implants- Inform your doctor about any implant in your body such as cardiac implant, inner ear implants, metallic dentures, neurostimulators or any type of hearing aids etc.

8) Take a company- Get accompanied by friend or family member to have mental, emotional and physical support and to drive you home

What is the procedure for PSMA PET scan for prostate?

The procedure of PSMA PET scan includes the following steps:

1)Written consent is required before the procedure begins.

2) You will be asked to remove all the metallic elements like jewellry , hearing aids, wallets ,keys, coins, cards containing metallic strips , belts ,goggles etc.

3) An intravenous injection of radiopharmaceutical agent, 68Ga-PSMA-11 is given to you.

4) You will be then asked to sit quietly for about an hour to allow the radiotracer agent to get distributed to your body tissues and organs via bloodstream. The radioactive agent binds to psma protein on the surface of cancer cells and help in their identification and localization.

5)If PET-CT/MRI is being scheduled then you may get another intravenous injection of a contrast agent which yield high clarity images on CT and MRI scan.

6) You will be then asked to change your clothes and wear a gown provided by the technician assisting the procedure.

7) You may be provided with head phones or ear plugs to make you feel more comfortable.

8) If you have Claustrophobia or anxiety disorder, then you may be given sedatives or some other alternatives to make you feel comfortable during the scan.

9) Before scan, your assisting Doctor will explain about all the possible adverse effects of using radiopharmaceutical or contrast material such as itching, rash, swelling etc. Your   KFT report will be required to rule out any kidney disease, pathology and to check your GFR.

10) Then you will be asked to lie supine on examination table which will slide and place you inside the scanner.

11) You need to lie still during the procedure as body movements may interfere with the quality of images produced.

12) Your Radiologist will take several images to evaluate the underlying pathology and at the end these images will be interpretated for making a definite diagnosis.

What happens after PSMA PET scan for prostate?

* You will be allowed to exit the scanner room once the procedure is over.

* You may be asked to wait in observation room for some time to evaluate any possible side effects of radiotracer or contrast being used.

* Drink water to flush radiotracer or contrast material from your body.

* The whole procedure of scanning takes about 2 hours. Up to 60 minutes are required to begin the scanning procedure after giving an intravenous radioactive agent, 68Ga-PSMA-11. Whereas the actual process of PET scan takes approx. 30 minutes. However, it may last longer depending upon the severity of your illness and associated co-morbid conditions.

*You will get reports on the next day. However, you may get the image films on the same day if requested by your Clinician.

What is the cost of PSMA PET scan for prostate?

Price of PSMA PET scan for prostate generally vary with city and location. Various diagnostic and imaging centers charges differently according to the quality of services they provide and the offers currently availing in them.

PSMA PET test is an advanced diagnostic and monitoring tool that is available at limited diagnostic centers as it requires costly and modern equipments and skilled Radiologists to perform the scan. PET scan charges also vary with the body part which need to be examined and the type of PET scan.

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Which diagnostic center is best for PSMA PET scan for prostate?

Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging center (GDIC) is the best diagnostic center for PSMA PET scan in Rohini, Delhi.

We have the latest GEMINI TF PET/CT WITH TruFlight technology in our centers.

We are also having the facility of different types of PET scan including:

1) F-18 Choline PET Scan

2) FDG-PET Scan

3) Brain PET Scan

4) Whole Body PET Scan

5) PSMA PET Scan For Prostate

6) Dopa Brain PET Scan

7) PET Viability Scan Cardiac

8) Cardiac PET Scan

Ganesh Diagnostic and Imaging Center is a NABH and NABL accredited top diagnostic center situated in ROHINI and various other locations of Delhi. It is equipped with modern, highly expensive machines with latest cutting edge technologies and highly skilled Radiologists and Pathologists.

Currently, we are offering 50% discount on all types of PET scan.

We are open 24X7 and 365 days. You can also get free online or offline Consultation with our Senior Radiologist, Dr. Ravin Sharma regarding any imaging and scanning test.

We also offer facilities of online reporting, free home sample collection and free Ambulance services in Delhi, NCR. We are also empanelled with various departments and organizations. So you can get the services at panel rate too.  

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