The Male Pelvic Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic exam that captures images of the major organs in the pelvis including the bladder, prostate gland and the surrounding area including blood vessels, kidneys, and the bowel. Ultrasound is a very safe and reliable diagnostic imaging resource that assesses pathology and guides physicians towards your individualized treatment plan.
Why Would I Need a Male Pelvic Ultrasound?
The following is a non-exhaustive list of items diagnostic pelvic ultrasound can provide information regarding:
- Shape or size of the bladder
- Delay in the ability to start passing urine
- Difficulties with completely emptying the bladder
- Symptoms of urgency to use the bathroom/decreased control of the bladder
- Identifying an enlarged prostate
- Visualizing abnormalities with the lymph nodes, fluid, blood, or masses within the pelvic cavity
- Infections, tumors, or calcifications of the prostate
Should you have any concern of pelvic signs or symptoms, a referral from a general practitioner or family doctor is required for a diagnostic pelvic ultrasound.
How to Prepare for My Pelvic Ultrasound?
There are a few steps to follow in order to prepare for your pelvic ultrasound. Ninety minutes before your exam, you will need to void your bladder. Once your bladder is empty you will need to drink at least five glasses of water (40 oz.) over the next 30 minutes to ensure your bladder will be full at the time of your ultrasound assessment. After the water is consumed, please refrain from drinking any more fluid or going to the washroom until after your appointment. You may continue to eat as usual and take all of your medications as prescribed.
A water-based gel is used to improve the transmission of the ultrasound waves; however, should you have any allergies to gel it is important to let the ultrasound technician know. In addition, please let the ultrasound technician know if you have had any previous surgery around the imaged area. If you have any queries or concerns with preparing for your ultrasound, please discuss these with your physician before your appointment.
What to Expect During my Pelvic Ultrasound Appointment?
Upon arrival, you will be shown to a private room where the ultrasound technician will offer you a medical gown to change into and you will lie on a padded examination table. You will be asked to remove any jewelry that may interfere with the ultrasound procedure.
The male pelvis ultrasound is completed in two stages. In the first stage, the ultrasound technician will apply a small amount of a water-based gel to the transducer head, and gently move it along your abdomen with mild to moderate pressure to capture clear images. Although very little pressure is applied to your lower abdomen, you may have some slight discomfort because of your full bladder. In the second stage, you will be asked to empty your bladder and the ultrasound technician will repeat the assessment. Once all necessary images have been captured, you will be able to wipe off the gel and get dressed.
The assessment will be approximately 30 minutes long.
Soon after your appointment, the radiologist will review your images and send a report of your diagnosis to your general practitioner or family physician. Once the report is reviewed, your doctor will contact you with the results.