Pelvic Ultrasound (Male)
A Pelvic ultrasound scan in males is used to view the bladder and prostate.
Indications for pelvic ultrasound include, obstructive urinary symptoms e.g delay in starting to pass urine, poor flow and incomplete emptying of the bladder. It is also indicated in patients experiencing urgency or frequency.
What preparation is required prior to the scan?
You will be asked to attend with a full bladder, we therefore advise you to drink 1 litre or 2 pints of water at least one hour prior to your appointment.
How the Test is Performed?
You will be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the lower abdomen. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves, allows for smooth movement of the transducer over the skin and to eliminate air between the skin and the transducer for the best sound conduction.
A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the abdomen until the desired structures have been examined and the images captured. You may need to change position so that the Consultant can look at different areas.
How long will the procedure take?
Usually the test takes less than 20 minutes.
When will I get my results?
The report will be faxed to your refering doctor within 2 hours of the study