Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 7 Canadian men - it is the most common cancer in men in Canada.
The Princess Margaret - CT Scan
As part of the process of diagnosing prostate cancer you may be expected to undergo additional tests to determine if cancer has spread beyond the prostate. This may include a CT scan.
CT scan, also called CAT scan, stands for Computerized Axial Tomography. It is a form of computerized X-ray that allows doctors to view your internal organs. CT scans are very good at showing tissues based on contrasting densities. For example, in the image to the left, the bone is much higher density than the soft tissues around it and it shows up much brighter in the CT.
During a CT scan, a technologist will position you on a bed in the CT machine. They will then go into the control room from where they run the machine. The machine revolves around you generating a series of images that are then translated by a computer. These images look like cross-sections of your body, and can be used to make 3D representations of your organs.
The technician that administers your scan does not read your scan. Instead, the results are sent to a radiologist who reads the results and writes a report that is sent to your doctor. Your technologist cannot give you the results of your scan once it is finished.
For more information on What to Expect with CT Scans at the Princess Margaret, visit the CT Scan page on the Princess Margaret Website.