Most newly diagnosed men will undergo a CT scan of the pelvis and bone scan.  Ask your doctor to do an endorectal MRI as well.  If he doesn’t have the equipment, try to find a facility that does.


ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2008) — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in patients about to undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer can help predict the likelihood that the cancer will return and spread post-treatment, according to a new study.

  • “This is the first study to show that MRI detection and measurement of the spread of prostate cancer outside the capsule of the prostate is an important factor in determining outcome for men scheduled to undergo radiation therapy” . . .