Prostate Ultrasound

Your doctor has requested an ultrasound of your Prostate gland. Ultrasound is a painless procedure that uses sound waves to “see” inside your body. A prostate ultrasound can help diagnose medical conditions such as cancer, inflammation of the prostate gland or infertility. At DVT Diagnostic Services, INC., we have a specialized team of Radiologists and technologists who are experts in ultrasound radiology.

Before Your Exam

For the prostate exam, a Fleet enema should be taken about four hours before your exam. This preparation can be purchased from your local pharmacy. The Fleet enema will make the procedure more comfortable for you.
We want to make your waiting time as pleasant as possible. Consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time.
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.

During Your Exam

Upon arrival, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. Once in the examination room, the diagnostic medical sonographer will explain your exam and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to lie on the table on your left side with your knees bent.
The sonographer 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. 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 an imaging physician. The physician will make sure that the images contain all the necessary information to write a report. Occasionally, more images may be requested. The procedure will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

After Your Exam

The technologist will give you a towel to clean up with and direct you to the restroom, if necessary. Your study will be reviewed by a board certified radiologist and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.