Ultrasound or sonography involves sending sound waves into the body. These sound waves reflect off the internal organs and are recorded by special instruments that create images of anatomic parts. No ionizing radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound images are captured in real time so they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, such as the flow of blood in arteries and veins.
Prostate ultrasound is used to detect possible disorders within a man’s prostate gland. Ultrasound images can indicate when the prostate is enlarged or when there is an abnormal growth that might be cancer.
Prostate Ultrasound Preparation
These instructions are IMPORTANT. Please follow them.
- You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam.
- An enema is taken two to four hours before the ultrasound to clean out the bowel. Follow the instructions on bowel preparation.
- A full bladder helps with visualization of the prostate gland, so you may be asked to drink up to six glasses of water prior to your exam.