WHAT IS PROSTATE ULTRASOUND?

A prostate ultrasound is used to examine your prostate for the presence of any abnormalities, cancer, or other prostate-related conditions.

This test is safe and can be done in less than 15 minutes. It helps your doctor identify possible prostate conditions before they become more serious or unmanageable. A prostate ultrasound can also be used to help your doctor take a tissue sample, or biopsy, from your prostate.

Some symptoms that might prompt your doctor to recommend a prostate ultrasound include:

  • trouble urinating
  • blood in your urine
  • lumps or nodules (excess tissue) around your rectum
  • abnormal results from a blood or urine test
  • low sperm count (determined using fertility tests)

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HOW IS IT DONE?

You will be asked to lie on the table on your left side with your knees bent. Your doctor may do a digital rectal exam before the ultrasound.

The urologist will carefully insert a lubricated transducer about the size of a finger into your rectum. You may feel a slight to moderate amount of discomfort during insertion.

A lubrication gel will be used which helps sound waves move more readily from the transducer through your body. The doctor will turn the transducer slightly several times to see different parts of the prostate gland and other structures.

Pictures and measurements of the prostate will be taken.

Once the images are obtained, the transducer will be removed, and you will be asked to wait while the images are reviewed by a doctor.

The procedure will take approximately 15 minutes.

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HOW IS IT DONE?

You will be asked to lie on the table on your left side with your knees bent. Your doctor may do a digital rectal exam before the ultrasound.

The urologist will carefully insert a lubricated transducer about the size of a finger into your rectum. You may feel a slight to moderate amount of discomfort during insertion.

A lubrication gel will be used which helps sound waves move more readily from the transducer through your body. The doctor will turn the transducer slightly several times to see different parts of the prostate gland and other structures.

Pictures and measurements of the prostate will be taken.

Once the images are obtained, the transducer will be removed, and you will be asked to wait while the images are reviewed by a doctor.

The procedure will take approximately 15 minutes.

RESULTS

Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss your test results. If you have any abnormalities or conditions that are visible on the images, your doctor will point out these areas. Excess tissue, prostate enlargement, or cancerous tumors will appear on the ultrasound images as bright white areas that represent the dense tissue.

If your doctor believes you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called an enlarged prostate, he will discuss a proper treatment plan for the enlargement. BPH is not usually a serious condition, but it can cause a lot of discomfort and make urinating difficult.

If your doctor believes that you may have cancer, he will recommend a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to see how much of a particular protein you have in your blood. High levels of PSA may mean that you have prostate cancer. If you have prostate cancer, your doctor will discuss treatment plans to help manage and treat your cancer.

RISKS

An ultrasound has no risk from radiation. Most people have mild discomfort from the transducer being placed in the rectum.

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex. The probe is placed in a latex covering before it is put into the rectum.
  • You may have risks depending on your specific health condition. Be certain your doctor knows about all of your health conditions before the procedure.
  • Too much stool in the rectum may make the test less accurate.

Men and women from across Quebec and Ontario choose Steinberg Urology for rapid access and the quality of services. In addition to offering cutting-edge technologies, our urologists have years of experience and are committed to providing unparalleled service.

Our modern facilities and philosophy of putting the patient at the heart of our practice ensure you have a positive experience with each visit. Our mission is to help you improve your health and well-being in a professional and confidential environment.

Prostate Ultrasound CAN BE ONE OF THE EFFICIENT TOOLS TO DIAGNOSE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS

Condition

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

Condition

Prostate Cancer

The images and/or videos are not presented as a guarantee of result. The results may vary. Patients gave their consent for the publication of images and/or videos.

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