Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to visualize organs and structures in the body using sound waves. An ultrasound of the prostate gland may be performed to rule out masses or abnormalities of the prostate or rectum.

How do I prepare for the exam?

A Fleet enema should be administered two hours prior to exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a specially trained and accredited ultrasound technologist.

The patient will lie on an exam table on his left side. A warm gel and covering will be placed on the transducer (probe) and rectum. The transducer will be inserted into the rectum and images will be obtained of the prostate and rectal area. A chaperone can be present during the exam if the patient prefers.

The exam will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

You will be able to resume normal activities upon your release.

All exams are reviewed by a radiologist, and a report will be sent to your ordering physician.

** Please note that while the images are available for immediate viewing, the ultrasound technologist is not permitted to give results of your test during the exam. Only a radiologist or trained physician is permitted to interpret the exam images.