Ultrasound - Prostate - Via Rectum

This test uses sound waves to create images of the prostate gland. The sound waves are sent from a probe inserted into the rectum.




This test uses sound waves to create images of the prostate gland. The sound waves are sent from a probe inserted into the rectum.



A transrectal ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue. The sound waves are sent from a probe inserted into the rectum.

Your healthcare provider may order this ultrasound:

  • To check for conditions involving the prostate gland and seminal vesicles (tube shaped glands that make most of the male semen)
  • As a follow up after an abnormal digital exam
  • To guide to the best place to do a prostate biopsy

Here are some things you should know before having this test.

  • Your healthcare provider can tell you how to prepare for the test.
  • Ultrasounds are usually painless. You may have some discomfort when the probe is inserted into your rectum. This is especially true if your prostate, scrotum, or testicle(s) are swollen or tender.
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.

For this ultrasound, only the end of the probe will be put into your rectum.

  • The probe will be covered with a clear gel.
  • The gel helps send the sound waves to the computer.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Prostate - Via Rectum
Ultrasound
Transrectal Ultrasound
Rectal Ultrasound
Prostate Ultrasound


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