A standard chest x-ray can determine if prostateThe prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bla... Full Definition cancerCancer is a group of diseases where cells grow abnormally an... Full Definition has spread to the lungs. X-rays use small doses of ionizing radiationHigh-energy particles that cause ionization and tissue damag... Full Definition to produce images of the inside of the body.

Who is this test best for?

Men whose cancer may have metastasized to the lungs.

What to Expect

A doctor may order a chest x-ray if metastases in the lungs are suspected (about 10% of prostate metastases occur in the lungs). X-rays use electromagnetic radiation to create an image of solid internal structures like bone. X-rays expose the patient to a minor amount of radiation. Doctors limit the use of x-ray to a safe level for the patient.

Who orders or performs the test?

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