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Prostate Ultrasound, also called Transrectal Ultrasound, is a type of exam that utilizes sound waves to produce images of the prostate and surrounding tissue. During the exam, an Ultrasound probe is inserted into the rectum, transmitting sound waves through the wall of the rectum into the adjacent prostate gland.
If this is your first Ultrasound, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. During the exam, you will be asked to lie on your side with your knees bent. A sterile probe (transducer) will be inserted into your rectum. The probe sends and receives sound waves through the wall of the rectum to the prostate gland, which create images of the prostate gland from different angles. If there is a suspicious finding, an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy may be recommended. Your referring physician can guide you in having that procedure performed. Prostate biopsies are not currently performed at our outpatient offices.
When the test is complete, you may be asked to dress and wait in the office while the images are reviewed. Once the exam is complete, you may resume your normal activity level. You may see a small amount of blood in your sperm or urine for a few days following the procedure. This is completely normal and should not cause any concern. If this continues for more than a few days, contact your physician right away.