What is this scan for?
Often as men age they experience urinary discomfort such as:
- A weak or slow urinary stream.
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.
- Difficulty starting urination.
- Frequent urination.
- Urgency to urinate.
- Getting up frequently at night to urinate.
- A urinary stream that starts and stops.
- Straining to urinate.
This may be caused by inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis). The prostate is a gland that is a part of the male reproductive system that wraps around the male urethra near the bladder.
In the older male, symptoms may also be the result of a blockage in the tubes due to the prostate gland getting bigger know as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is not cancer, and it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer.
However, the prostate also becomes enlarged with cancer therefore it is a good scan to check if the urinary symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate.
What does this scan show?
This scan checks the size of the prostate to identify if it is enlarged and if it pressing on the urethra.
The Ultrasound Scan Procedure
Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. During the ultrasound scan the sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then press firmly on the skin with an ultrasound probe, moving it around until they have obtained the desired images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.