Description - A prostate ultrasound uses sound frequency in a range that is higher than humans are able to hear to produce images of internal structures on a viewing screen. The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system and is about the size and shape of a walnut. It is located between the bladder and the rectum surrounding the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis). The main function of this gland is to produce fluid for semen.
Indications: Ultrasound is used along with physical examination and blood tests to identify diseases and conditions that affect the prostate gland such as structural abnormalities, infection, hypertrophy (enlargement) and cancer. Problems with the prostate gland can impede or block the flow of urine.
Procedure - Because the prostate gland is located immediately in front of the rectum the ultrasound transducer is placed in a protective cover, lubricated and placed into the rectum. Sound is passed from the transducer into the body and reflects off the internal structures and is returned to the transducer. The echoes are transformed electronically into images that are recorded on film. Because the sound only travels a very short distance the result is the production of a high quality image. This exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
Preparation - A fleets enema (to be purchased by the patient) must be used 1 hr before the ultrasound exam.
* This test information is intended for educational purposes only. This should not replace medical advice from your healthcare provider. Please call your healthcare provider if you have any medical questions concerning your health. For any questions regarding procedures, please contact Advanced Diagnostic P.C. office at 989-799-5699