Benefits & Features
Our first line health profiles are specifically tailored to provide a picture of how various aspects of the body is looking, functioning and performing.
What is the prostate gland?
The prostate gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through.
Its main job is to help make semen which is the fluid that carries sperm.
The scan is a basic check of the prostate and will determine the size (volume) and shape of the gland. It is carried out over your tummy
An ultrasound scan is a painless test that provides images of the inside of the body by using high frequency sound waves. These sound waves are at a frequency which cannot be heard by the human ear but when they bounce off different parts of the body, create echoes that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image.
Unlike other scans such as MRI and CT, ultrasound does not involve radiation and is in real time i.e. live imaging and is not static i.e. still pictures. This live information is interpreted and is used as the basis of the subsequent diagnostic report.
There are many kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed as ultrasound has numerous applications in healthcare and are ultimately beneficial to us if used in the right context by a competent body or person. However as with any test, ultrasound scans have limitations some of which are generic to all scans such as not being able to visualise bone clearly or scan specific and therefore may not be suitable in certain situations and like any test can not diagnose every problem.
PROSTATE SIZE AND POSITION
PSA Blood Test
This blood test measures the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level in the blood.
PSA is a protein produced by the prostate. It is normal for all men to have a small amount of PSA in their blood, and this amount rises as you get older. But a raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, including:
- Enlarged prostate
- Inflammation or infection of the prostate called prostatitis
- Urine infection
- Prostate cancer
A raised PSA level does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. Other things can also cause your PSA level to rise. If you have a raised PSA level, then we would strongly recommend discussing the results with your GP for further action.
You will receive results of your blood test, ultrasound scan along with a report from one of our GP partners summarising the results and any further action that may or may not be necessary.
In all cases we strongly recommend sharing your results with your regular GP/ health care provider.
- You will need to have been fasting from food for at least 6 hours prior to having this scan, however you may drink clear fluids such as water.
- If you are diabetic then maintain your normal food intake but try your best to avoid fatty or dairy products for at least 6 hours prior to having the scan.
- You may maintain your normal medication.
- A full bladder is required – Please drink 1 litre of fluid approximately 1 – 1.5 hours before your scheduled appointment and please try your best not to empty your bladder before the examination.
- Internal scanning may be required with your approval.
- This scan requires access to the area of interest, therefore it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
The assessment involves ultrasound scans and blood tests.
During the scan you will be asked to uncover your pelvic area and a small amount of jelly will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound camera will then be placed on top and moved along your pelvis. This will result in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV.
The examination itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain free.
Sometimes you may also require an internal scan. For this scan you will be asked to empty your bladder. You will need to take everything bottom half off and a sheet will be provided to cover yourself with. You will be laying on your back and a camera will be placed inside your vagina which will be moved around to obtain information. This procedure is usually pain free however occasionally you may experience some discomfort. You will be able to pause or stop this procedure at any time if you feel the need to.
The blood test is just like a standard blood test.
We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested prior to or at the time of the scan.
e pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP’s, doctors, physiotherapists, midwifes and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone really sets us apart from the vast majority of other clinics and is the main reason why we are amongst the few diagnostic clinics to not only be approved by but also provide services to the NHS and thus the general public. This also means that unlike many other clinics we have additional strict quality control measures which we must adhere to meaning you are in safe hands with us and our team.
Study images from the ultrasound scan are not typically provided but can be requested separately after the ultrasound scan. There is a small administration charge to produce them and they can be provided in either an electronic PDF format or put on a CD and posted to you.
Please contact our customer care team for more support on this.
You will receive a verbal summary of the ultrasound scan findings after your scan appointment.
Full results including the diagnostic scan report and summary report from one of our GP partners will be securely emailed to you within 2-3 days after your appointment.
Note: all reports are password protected for your safety, details of the password will be mentioned in the email containing the report.
- Deposit payment or payment in full will be required at the time of booking.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested prior to or at the time of your appointment.
Typically the ultrasound scan portion of the health check should last between 35-45 minutes.
The blood test should only last between 5-10 minutes.
This is a guide and actual times may vary slightly.
You will be seen by a healthcare professional who specialises in clinical medical ultrasound. Unlike other diagnostic tests which produce results for analysis, ultrasound imaging is “real- time” therefore the quality of the scan being performed is the basis of the information you take away and heavily depends upon the expertise, experience and skill of the healthcare professional scanning you.
This is an important point which is often overlooked by many people when deciding where to go, therefore you can be reassured that at Ultrasound Scan Clinic at St Mary’s Medical Centre you will always be seen by an expert who has vast expertise and experience in the field of medical ultrasound.
It is important to take your results to your regular healthcare provider for interpretation. Whilst high levels or abnormal results could mean you have ovarian cancer, this test is not definitive and elevated results could be signs of other problems such as endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and pregnancy.
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