What happens if my PSA levels are high?
If your test shows a high PSA level, we recommend you use your results to engage a physician for further diagnosis. Your physician may review family history, your PSA history, and evaluate you for biopsy before exploring treatment options if necessary. For more information about diagnosis and treatment techniques for prostate cancer, visit our partners at Halo Diagnostics to learn more about multiparametric prostate MRI (mpMRI) and laser focal therapy.
What will my results tell me?
If you’ve never had a PSA test before, it will provide you with a baseline total PSA level. You’ll use this level initially to understand your likelihood of potential prostate cancer — but you can also use this test to compare your PSA level year-over-year to understand the health of your prostate. If your test flags a high PSA level, your physician can pursue further diagnostic testing if needed.
Who should take this test?
Any male over the age of 40 should establish a baseline PSA level and be regularly screened for prostate cancer. Based on your baseline PSA level and risk factors such as age, race, and family history, you might have to be re-tested annually, while others can wait years between screenings. Men are at greater risk if they:
- Have a family history of prostate cancer
- Are of Black ethnic origin
- Are overweight or obese
- Are over 50 years of age
Who can order an imaware test?
This test is only for adults aged 18 and older. Unfortunately, this test is not available in the state of New York due to state regulations.
Can my doctor use imaware results?
Yes. All of our tests are performed by CLIA-certified labs, the gold standard in lab testing quality regulation. Within your results report you will also find detailed information intended for your healthcare professional. They can use this information to interpret your test results clearly. To see an example of this, you can request a sample report at the top of this page.
How should I prepare for this test?
There is no need to fast before this test. You must abstain from sexual activity (with yourself or a partner) for 48 hours before the test for accurate results with the PSA prostate health biomarker. You’ll need to take the test in the morning, as that’s when hormone levels are optimal. In order to have the most accurate PSA levels, you should avoid heavy exercise and review your medications before taking a PSA test. Learn more about preparing for a PSA blood test.
Are imaware results as accurate as traditional lab test?
Yes. Not only are your results as accurate as traditional lab tests, but we’re actually the first at-home small volume blood testing company to have our data and methods peer-reviewed by the scientific and medical community — which helps validate our claims and our results reports. Learn more about the exact science behind imaware™ tests.
How do I receive my test results?
You’ll receive an email from us within 7 business days of your sample return. The email will contain a link to view and download your test results on our secure digital health platform once they’ve been analyzed by our labs and reviewed by a doctor.
My state requires physician orders for tests like imaware. Do you provide this for me?
Yes, we provide physician orders for every test in every state (even those that do not require them). You don’t need to get a prescription or pay extra for this service as it’s included in the purchase price of each test.