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Prostate Ultrasound

Underlying Problem Requiring a Prostate Ultrasound:
Men who are experiencing certain problems may be asked to have a prostate ultrasound in order to determine the cause of the problem or to choose the best treatment options. If the patient has an enlarged prostate, then the ultrasound can be used to make measurements to determine the extent of its change. Likewise, the technology can be used to view growths or to help find the cause of infertility. Doctors will often request an ultrasound when they have felt nodules during an exam or cancer screening, when the patient experiences difficulty urinating, or when blood tests have revealed that there may be a problem.


An ultrasound is a device that utilizes high-frequency sound waves in order to create a picture of an internal structure of the body. The waves bounce off the internal tissues in order to create an image of what is happening inside the body. A prostate ultrasound is a test that uses this technology in order to take a look at this particular part of the male reproductive system.

A prostate ultrasound will usually be performed transrectally, which means that an ultrasound probe will be inserted into the patient.s rectum in order to view the prostate itself. For this reason, he will likely take an enema a couple of hours before the procedure. He may also be asked to have a full bladder, as this can improve the image when the prostate ultrasound is performed. The entire procedure should only take about 20 minutes, a bit more if a biopsy will be performed at the same time.

Recovery from a Prostate Ultrasound:

The ultrasound is relatively painless, with some discomfort accompanying the insertion of the probe, or transducer. There may be additional discomfort if a biopsy is performed during the prostate ultrasound. Generally speaking, neither will cause the patient to be unable to return to normal daily activities shortly after the procedure.

A prostate ultrasound may be performed for the following reasons:
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Abnormal Growths
  • Infertility Diagnosis
  • Suspected Disorders
  • Nodules
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Elevated Blood Tests

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