PSA screening and elevated PSA
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is an enzyme secreted by cells in the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of the enzyme in a man’s blood. The higher the PSA level, the more likely it is that a man has prostate cancer, but an elevated PSA may be caused by other factors.
Washington University urologists are experts in interpreting the results of PSA tests and determining when a biopsy is needed. They can use the latest 3-dimensional, ultrasound technology to target specific areas of the prostate where the cancer is likely to be. This technology is currently available at leading academic medical centers in the country and the world.
Washington University urologists perform PSA screening and diagnostic work for men with elevated PSA levels at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.