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Prostate Ultrasound

What is a Prostate Ultrasound?

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.

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend a Prostate Ultrasound?

    Your physician may recommend a Prostate Ultrasound if you have difficulty urinating, have an elevated blood test result or to examine a nodule felt by your physician during an exam.

  • What should I expect during a Prostate Ultrasound?

    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.

  • What should I expect after a Prostate Ultrasound?

    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.

  • How do I schedule a Prostate Ultrasound with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

    Fax: 703.698.0864

    Or click here to make an appointment request

    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

  • When are appointments offered for Prostate Ultrasounds?

    For this specialized procedure, appointments are available on select days at our Woodburn Diagnostic Center. Learn more about this location.

Available at the following location

Woodburn Diagnostic Center

Woodburn Diagnostic Center

3299 Woodburn Road
Suite 110
Annandale, VA 22003
United States