You can make cheesecake without a crust and this is a way to make a cheese cake gluten free. The cheesecake can be placed directly into lightly greased baking dish. Make sure you allow it to cool completely before removing from dish.
A cheesecake pan is used to make cakes that can be inverted and removed from the pan. This type of pan is known as a Springform pan and usually has removable sides, which allow for easy removal of the cheesecake.