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What is a prostate ultrasound?

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Prostate ultrasound involves a probe about the size of a finger that is inserted a short distance into the rectum. This probe produces harmless high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, that bounce off the surface of the prostate. The sound waves are recorded and transformed into video or photographic images of the prostate gland.

The probe can provide images at different angles to help your doctor estimate the size of your prostate and detect any abnormal growths.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 19, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 19, 2017

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