Prostate scan is an ultrasound examination, using high frequency sound to provide images of the prostate gland and the surrounding tissue.
Prostate scan is performed to assess size and structure of the prostate gland, in order to detect any abnormalities, cancer or other prostate-related conditions.
A prostate ultrasound is performed internally, by gently inserting a small trans-rectal probe, slightly larger than a finger, via back passage to come close to prostate and obtain clear images.
Prostate scan is usually done or recommended by your Doctor if there is a family history of the prostate cancer or if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- having trouble urinating
- finding blood in your urine
- finding lumps or nodules (excess tissue) around your rectum
- having abnormal results from a blood or urine test
- or if you have a low sperm count (determined using fertility tests)
Enlarged prostate, also known as a hyperplasia is enlargement of prostate which can also be seen on an ultrasound scan.
Some men get enlarged prostate and difficulties urinating as they get older.
Yes, prostate cancer can be seen during scan but some may be occult.
Biopsy, MRI and correlation with PSA blood test may be recommended for further evaluation.
At Private Ultrasound clinic this type of scan is performed by an expert Consultant Radiologist, Dr Chris Harvey.
For more information on Dr Harvey and his expertise, please see the following page.
Yes, Consultant Radiologist and an ultrasound specialist Doctor will be available to talk to if you have additional questions or concerns.
No preparations is necessary.
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