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Prostate Ultrasound

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 31, 2022.

What do I need to know about a prostate ultrasound?

A prostate ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to look at your prostate. It can help healthcare providers diagnose a problem with your prostate. A prostate ultrasound does not expose you to radiation.

How do I prepare for a prostate ultrasound?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the test. Your provider will have you empty your bowel with an enema about 1 hour before the test.

What will happen during a prostate ultrasound?

You will lie on your side on a table. Your healthcare provider will insert a gloved finger into your rectum to find your prostate. Your provider will remove his or her finger, then insert a device called a transducer. The transducer uses sound waves to make images of your prostate.

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