Imaging localized prostate cancer: current approaches and new developments

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Jun;192(6):1471-80. doi: 10.2214/AJR.09.2527.


Objective: Prostate cancer is the most common noncutaneous malignancy among men in the Western world. Imaging has recently become more important in the diagnosis, local staging, and treatment follow-up of prostate cancer. In this article, we review conventional and functional imaging methods as well as targeted imaging approaches with novel tracers used in the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer.

Conclusion: Although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, imaging of localized prostate cancer remains limited. Recent developments in imaging technologies, particularly MRI and PET, may lead to significant improvements in lesion detection and staging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / trends*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*