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Prostate Ultrasound

Each year hundreds of thousands of men are told they have prostate cancer. While there will be decisions to make regarding treatment, a prostate ultrasound will no doubt be in your future. This information is meant to educate you about prostate ultrasound.

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General Prostate Ultrasound

Ultrasound machines use the very same principles that dolphins and submarines use. Once sound vibrations hit objects, echoes return, which is then measured to determine the distance, size, shape, and consistency of objects. The test will also show if the object is fluid-filled, solid or both. During a prostate ultrasound, a transducer is inserted in the male patient to detect possible conditions and other abnormalities that can threaten health.

During the examination, the transducer will send sound vibrations then record the returning echoes. Once it is pressed against the skin, small pulses of high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to human ears are sent into the body. Once the waves bounce off the fluids, tissues and internal organs, the microphone inside the transducer records the slightest changes in the direction and pitch of the sound. The signature waves are immediately measured and displayed by a computer, providing real-time images on the screen. One or more frames can be captured as still images.

Prostate Ultrasound Procedure

The prostate gland of males is found directly in front of the rectum. The ultrasound test is then performed transrectally. A disposable protective cover will be put over the transducer. The probe will then be lubricated and inserted into the rectum. If there is a suspicious lesion present, a biopsy may be performed, using ultrasound to guide the needle to correctly target the organ and acquire the necessary cells or tissues. The entire exam is usually done in 20 minutes or less.

Expect the ultrasound machine to be quick and painless. You may feel slight discomfort upon insertion of the probe into your body. Needle insertion during biopsy renders minimal pain. A radiologist is assigned to supervise and translate the results. The images will be saved followed by a report sent to the referring physician or primary care center. The results will most likely be available in a few minutes or after 1 or 2 days.

Prostate Ultrasound Benefits

The only disadvantage of diagnostic ultrasound is that there is some heat produced and bubbles possibly formed. These effects have very minimal effects, however, rendering the procedure safe as a whole. Ultrasound machines are widely available, portable and easy-to-use. It is also less costly to go through it compared to other popular methods. There are no health problems incurred due to radiation and other traditional measures.

Men who used to have surgical removal of the tail end of their rectum or bowel are not the best candidates for prostate gland ultrasound since it is required to put a probe inside the rectum. The size of the probe is similar to a finger. You need to have an enema  2 to 4 hours prior to the procedure. You are also not allowed to urinate so that your full bladder can better present images. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, taken in 4 doses from the night before the test until the day after the test.

Stay relaxed and wear comfortable clothing for the diagnostic procedure. Ultrasound machines are generally painless. You may have some mucus or bleeding in your rectum after the procedure. Some experience some blood in their urine up to 2 days after the ultrasound. Blood may also show in the semen. Minimal blood should be no concern, but report anything unusual immediately to your physician.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this important information for men. I really hate when I hear that my male friends are putting off their check-ups.

  2. At this age, prostate ultrasound is really necessary. It’s a good article for men at their prime. Hope to know more about it.

  3. It is very important for men over a certain age to continue to get their prostate checked. I know early detection is important so the ultra sounds should help!

  4. Jocelyn Canasa Brown says:

    love this topic! every single one of them is such a piece of important information. Thanks so much for sharing

  5. Dreaming Loud says:

    Even if I’m a woman,it’s nice knowing about these things. And thanks for suggesting some supplements I would definitely share this for all the men that I know.

  6. definitely an article i must send to my husband.

  7. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    This is a really good thing to make sure and get done. It can lead to health problems if it goes unchecked.

  8. my dad was diagnosed last year and had to go through 14 days of treatment. He’s fine now, fortunately.

  9. It’s so important to be vigilant when it comes to this! I will pass the info onto my husband!

  10. My uncle died from prostate cancer ( a third reoccurrence) and so I am glad to see the exposure on how to be aware of it.

  11. Nnniiiccceeeee….I think I should get myself one of these. It just could be good for me.

  12. Thanks for putting this information together! The first step to anything is the awareness

  13. The way you listed down such important pieces of information is incredible.

  14. This is something I need to discuss with my husband. His health is very important to me.

  15. I am at the age where I probably should think about getting my prostate checked. But I hate going to the Doctors. haha

  16. I love that it’s becoming easier and easier to do the diagnostic tests we need to do to stay healthy. Prostate health is so important to men.

  17. you have laid out all the essential information, it is vital for all men to have checkups to ensure that they stay healthy

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