The procedure, also called prostate ultrasound with prostate biopsy, provides the doctor with images of the prostate and surrounding tissue which allows him to examine the gland for abnormalities (e.g., enlarged prostate [BPH], prostate cancer). TRUS involves using a special device (transducer) that reflects high-frequency sound waves off internal structures to create detailed images called sonograms.
Transrectal ultrasound is generally used to diagnose prostate cancer in patients with an abnormal digital rectal examination or elevated PSA level, to assess prostate volume, to detect inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis), and to help determine the cause of infertility, such as blockages caused by prostatic cysts. TRUS also can be used to deliver and monitor prostate cancer treatments such brachytherapy and cryotherapy.
At Premier Medical Group Urology Division, this procedure is performed in the Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston locations.