Imaging Diagnosis and Follow-up of Advanced Prostate Cancer: Clinical Perspectives and State of the Art

Radiology. 2019 Aug;292(2):273-286. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2019181931. Epub 2019 Jun 25.


The management of advanced prostate cancer has changed substantially with the availability of multiple effective novel treatments, which has led to improved disease survival. In the era of personalized cancer treatments, more precise imaging may help physicians deliver better care. More accurate local staging and earlier detection of metastatic disease, accurate identification of oligometastatic disease, and optimal assessment of treatment response are areas where modern imaging is rapidly evolving and expanding. Next-generation imaging modalities, including whole-body MRI and molecular imaging with combined PET and CT and combined PET and MRI using novel radiopharmaceuticals, create new opportunities for imaging to support and refine management pathways in patients with advanced prostate cancer. This article demonstrates the potential and challenges of applying next-generation imaging to deliver the clinical promise of treatment breakthroughs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Multimodal Imaging / methods
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography / methods*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Prostate / diagnostic imaging
  • Prostate / pathology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology*