The technetium methylene diphosphate bone scan was evaluated in 100 consecutive new patients presenting with carcinoma of the prostate. 48% of the patients had a positive bone scan at the initial diagnosis. The scan was more more helpful than the skeletal X-ray in the diagnosis of bone metastases: 23% of the X-ray-negative patients were scan-positive. Serial bone scans were more sensitive than either X-rays or serum acid phosphatase in following the progress of the disease. It is concluded that the bone scan in patients with prostatic carcinoma can be used as a reliable tumour marker, especially for monitoring the course of metastases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 1982|
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