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Posted by: Anon | 2010/07/07

Ultrasound

I went for a medical recently. am 46 y/old male, and would not allow a prostate exam,it creeps me out, they then sent me for a pelvic ultrasound, and they shaved off all my pubic hair, and did the ultrasound in that region, now I wonder if they were trying to teach me a lesson for not submiitting to the finger, because haw can they see the prostate from there, and why do they need to shave you bald.

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Hallo Anon
No, please don't worry, they can definitely see the prostate with a sonar, but the sonar probe must make 100% contact with your skin, and that is the reason why they needed to shave the hair. The patient's feelings need to be respected and I don't think you will be penalized for not allowing the physical examination. The prostate examination however is quite important as a combination of the digital rectal examination plus the blood test is 99% sensitive to pick up prostate cancer. Some doctors want patients to stand on their elbows and knees for the examination, which is very undignified. I think if a patient lies on his side with knees pulled up to the stomach and covered with a sheet, the exam is less embarassing. The exam takes less than a minute, so it is over quickly...Guidelines suggest that men start having the exam from 50 years unless they have suspicious symptoms
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010/07/07

Hallo Anon
No, please don't worry, they can definitely see the prostate with a sonar, but the sonar probe must make 100% contact with your skin, and that is the reason why they needed to shave the hair. The patient's feelings need to be respected and I don't think you will be penalized for not allowing the physical examination. The prostate examination however is quite important as a combination of the digital rectal examination plus the blood test is 99% sensitive to pick up prostate cancer. Some doctors want patients to stand on their elbows and knees for the examination, which is very undignified. I think if a patient lies on his side with knees pulled up to the stomach and covered with a sheet, the exam is less embarassing. The exam takes less than a minute, so it is over quickly...Guidelines suggest that men start having the exam from 50 years unless they have suspicious symptoms
Dr Bets

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