That is the clinical name ------ "Ultrasensitive PSA". Some do not have the necessary equipment (although it has been generally available for more than ten years) and some do not report the result at the ultrasensitive level even when they do have it. i.e. they may get a result of 0.006 say, but simply report it as <0.01 (less than 0.01) or even "<0.1" (less than 0.1). The lowest detection limit of the ultrasensitive test is 0.003 which means that even the most sensitive test reporting the exact result will register nothing if the blood level is less than 0.003. Ask them straight up what equipment they use.
I agree with you. I can not understand that simple inability for anyone in that position dealing with those types of reports all the time not having a basic understanding of the meaning and importance of the numbers.
My problem is I never ever see or talk to the people that do the testing.
I see the nurse who draws the blood sample. She knows absolutely nothing about
what tests will be run or how they work.
When I pick up the results I am dealing with a clerk who also knows absolutely nothing about
what the results mean let alone how they were obtained.
location: Batavia, IL
dx age 57 2/2010 PSA 8.2
biopsy 2/2010 - 2 of 8 left & 2 of 8 right positive, Gleason 3+4=7
attended support group - advised to get a second opinion
second opinion on pathology from Johns Hopkins 4+4=8
PSA 15 4/2010
5 weeks IMRT 4/2010-6/2010 at Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL
91 palladium 103 seeds 7/2010 at Chicago Prostate Center, Westmont, IL