Our expert says:
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
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