Prostate

Ultrasound Pelvis Scan

Ultrasound imaging of the pelvis uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures and organs in the lower abdomen and pelvis.

You will be taken to an ultrasound suite which is dimly lit. You will have to lie down on the ultrasound couch and uncover your abdomen. Transparent gel is applied on your abdomen. A transducer connected to the scanning machine is placed on your abdomen and moved around to see the respective organs. The transducer sends sound waves into your body.

These sound waves bounce off an organ like an echo. The ‘echo’ is sent to a machine that records the results on film and on a computer. You will not hear or feel the high frequency sound waves. There may be slight discomfort from pressure as the radiologist guides the transducer over your abdomen. You will be asked to remain as still as you can and to hold your breath when the images are taken.

No fasting is needed. You will need to keep a full bladder for ultrasound of the pelvis.

It will take about 10 – 15 minutes depending on the complexity of the scan.

MRI Prostate

MRI is a non-invasive medical imaging test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves frequency to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures. MRI prostate produces detail images of the prostate gland. MRI does not use ionizing radiation.

  • You will be asked to wear a gown during the examination.
  • Jewelry, metal accessories, dentures and electronic objects should be removed prior to the MRI scan because they interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI machine whilewatches, credit cards and hearing aids can be damaged.
  • An MRI examination is safe for patients with metal implants, but generally excluded for those with implanteddefibrillator or pacemaker, cochlear (ear) implant, brain aneurysms clips, or metal coils placed within blood vessels.
  • Our physician will pre-consult and take your history to ensure your suitability for an MRI examination. Please kindly consult with the physician any doubt that you have. -Some MRI examinations may require you to receive an injection of contrast material. The contrast material commonly used for an MRI examination does not contain iodine and is less likely to cause allergic reaction. When the contrast material is injected, it is normal to feel a flushing sensation for a minute or two. Some customers may have a metallic taste in their mouth after the contrast injection
  • The radiographer begins by positioning you on the MRI examination table. Straps and pillows may be used to help you maintain the correct position and to hold still during the examination.
  • After positioning you, the radiographer will offer you earplugs to reduce the noise of the MRI scanner, which produces loud thumping and humming noises during imaging. These noises are harmless. Then, the radiographer will enter a separate room where the radiographer operates the MRI machine and monitor your examination. The radiographer will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times.
  • The table will move slowly through the machine as the MRI scan is performed. When images are being recorded, you will hear a thumping and humming sound. Please remain still while the images are being recorded. It is normal for the area of your body being imaged to feel slightly warm. If it bothers you, please notify the radiographer.
  • When the examination is completed, you will be asked to wait until the radiologist verifies that the images are of good quality for accurate interpretation. Though the scanning itself causes no pain, there may be some discomfort from having to remain still for several minutes.

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