A prostate ultrasound is a type of non-invasive test that is used to produce black and white images of the prostate. The radiations are passed onto the prostate and bounced sound waves produce images. This test helps in examining the prostate in case of cancer, abnormalities, or other conditions related to prostate.
Why get tested?
Ultrasound of prostate is done in case an individual is experiencing symptoms such as:
Trouble in urinating
Blood in urine
Low sperm count
In case of abnormal results of blood and/or urine test
Presence of lumps or nodules around the rectum
It is also done in individuals who are at the risk of prostate cancer, either due to their lifestyles or family history of prostate cancer.
This test includes
Some of the precautions that need to be taken before the ultrasound are as follows:
Individuals should refrain from eating anything a few hours before the test.
Laxatives or enemas can be taken to ease the procedure.
Medicines such as aspirin must not be consumed before the procedure.
Jewelries must not be worn.
Sedatives such as Lorazepam can be taken before the procedure, and upon doctor’s discretion.