Tc-PSMA Prostate Cancer Scan

This scan is a valuable study in the initial staging, restaging, and follow-up of patients with prostate cancer.

  • No preparation for the scan is required. Patient to please bring along any PSA results and any previous CT or MRI scans.
  • The patient will be injected with a radioactive tracer (99m Technetium PSMA), which goes to any sites with active metastatic disease from prostate origin.
  • The patient will be asked to return to Nuclear Med approximately 3 to 4 hours later. This wait enables the tracer to be adequately taken up by any metastatic disease. The patient may leave the department at this time and there are no restrictions on what they can do (eg. eat, drink), the patient will be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and void their bladder before the next scan. 
  • When the patient returns, images will be taken using a gamma camera and these images plus a written report will be sent to the referring doctor.

Symptom or Suspected Disease

Prostate Cancer


Adult Male:

Injection time: 3 to 5 mins
Waiting time before scan: 4 hours
Scan duration: 45 min


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How to book

Patients will need to be referred to Nuclear Med by a referring doctor. Patients must select the specific scan/study required by their referring doctor and book an appointment at the most convenient location.

Checklist:

  • Medical aid authorisation (referring doctor to provide patient with specific ICD 10 code for medical aid authorisation)
  • Referring doctor’s name and practice number
  • Newly diagnosed oncology patients may need to register for oncology (referring doctor to facilitate registration)