Prostate Ultrasound

Transrectal Prostate Ultrasound is an exam that obtains images of the prostate and seminal vesicles by using sound waves. This exam provides your doctor with important information of benign and malignant conditions, including benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and prostate cancer evaluation.

Preparation

  • A Fleet enema is to be completed two hours prior to the prostate exam. No other prep is required.
  • Please bring the results of a PSA, if known, preferably within one month of the scheduled prostate exam.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.

Procedure

  • You will lie on your left side with your knees pulled up towards your chest.
  • A transrectal probe covered with a sheath and a non-greasy gel is inserted into the rectum to the level of the prostate and seminal vesicles.
  • The sonographer moves the probe from side to side to get the best images of the prostate and surrounding area. You may feel pressure and some discomfort during the exam, which usually takes less than half and hour to complete. If you feel pain, let the sonographer know.

Considerations

  • Let the technologist know:
    • If you have had any previous surgery.
    • If you take any medications.
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