A prostate/rectal ultrasound may be
used to check the size, location, and shape of the prostate gland and nearby structures.
It may be used to look at the prostate gland for signs of cancer or other
conditions. It’s often the next step after a finding of raised (elevated)
prostate-specific antigen (PSA) during a blood test. Prostate/rectal ultrasound may
used to stage and watch treatment of rectal cancer. It's also used to look at the
for other problems.
Your healthcare provider may also
use a prostate/rectal ultrasound to help place a needle to take a tissue sample
(biopsy), which will be examined in a lab. Or they may do it to help place radiation
seeds used to treat prostate cancer.
Your provider may also use the test to see how well blood is flowing to the prostate
or find masses.
Your provider may have other reasons to recommend a prostate/rectal ultrasound.