SEER Training Modules


Key Information

Size and location of primary tumor, involvement of distant sites.

  • IVP (intravenous pyelogram)
  • Prostatic Ultrasound
    A technique to locate areas of carcinoma within the prostate and to assess whether the prostatic capsule is intact. Also called: transrectal ultrasound (TRUS), ultrasonography, echography, sonography. This procedure cannot assess lymph node size, but may be useful in guiding needle biopsies.

    Key words/possible involvement:
    Density, mass effect, area of increased attenuation, abnormal density, abnormal echo.

    Other words/no involvement:
    If there is no specific reference to mass, density, metastasis, or lesion.

  • Chest X-Ray
  • Imaging, Abdomen/pelvis
  • Imaging, Bone Includes:
    Bone scan, technetium (Tc99m), CT scan of bone, metastatic skeletal survey.

    Key words/possible involvement:
    Lytic lesion, osteolytic lesion, blastic lesion, osteoblastic lesion, area(s) of increased uptake. Exceptions: use of these terms in conjunction with a (suspected) diagnosis of arthritis, fracture or osteomyelitis.

    Other words/no involvement:
    If there is no specific reference to lesion or increased uptake.

  • Imaging, Brain
  • Imaging, Liver/spleen
  • Lymphangiogram

For more information about imaging, you may visit the following pages in the Diagnostic Tests module: Other Imaging.