Ultra Sound Performed For Prostate

A slow growing malignant growth, prostate cancer, starts at the prostate gland, a major part of male reproductive system. Prostate cancers being in the glandular tissue of the prostate and are called adenocarcinomas.

Prostate cancer sufferers would be familiar with the prostate ultrasound earlier. Prostate ultra sound imaging is a type of ultra sound scanning or sonography exposing the part of the body to high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the interior of the body.

The Specialized Apparatus Used

Of the many different pieces of equipment used, the major piece is the ultra sound scanner consisting of a console with a computer and electronics and also a video displaying screen and a transducer.

The most important of all parts is the transducer. It is a small hand held devise similar to a microphone and sending out a high frequency sound wave and listening to a returning wave to get results.

The Real Time Mechanism

As ultra sound images are caught in real time, they show the particular structure and movement of the body’s internal organs. The prostate ultra sound test is totally painless and helps doctors properly diagnose and treat prostate cancer.

Two to four hours before ultra send an enema is taken to clean the patients bowels and you will be asked to take a drink before hand as a full of bladder enables the doctor to see the prostate very clearly.

The Painless Process

As the prostate gland is situated directly in front of the rectum, the prostate ultrasound test is done transrectally i.e. the transducer is lubricated and placed into the rectum. The images are typically got from a variety of angles to get the best view of the prostate gland and the best and the most accurate results.

After the examination is complete the patient is asked to wait until the images are reviewed. The entire ultra sound examination is over with in 20-25 minutes.

Unless the doctor insists you need not take the test. If you are over 40 ensure you discuss with your doctor about this issue prostate cancer, being the most commonly occurring cancer in men, world wide, this is a very serious issue to deal with.



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