Pelvic Scan (Male) FAQs

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate if you can give 24 hours notice.

Do I need a referral letter from my GP?

No, you do not need a referral letter for a medical scan. If you come in without a referral letter the report will be emailed to you and you may pass it on to your GP. We do not send reports to a GP if they have not ordered it. If there are urgent findings we will help you arrange a doctor’s visit where you can take the report with you as you may need a referral to a consultant.

What is the preparation for a male pelvic exam?

For the male pelvic exam you will need a full bladder. It is recommended that the patient drink 1 litre of water prior to your appointment time. It is best if this is finished at least 20 minutes prior to the scan time in order to allow the liquid to fill the bladder.

What organs are viewed in a male pelvic exam?

With this exam we image and evaluate the bladder and the volume of the prostate.

What happens during the male pelvic scan?

The male pelvic scan is a trans-abdominal scan where the transducer/camera along with gel is placed on the area of concern and scanned. After imaging the bladder and prostate the sonographer will need the patient to empty the bladder and return to the exam room to check that the bladder has completely emptied by measuring the volume left.

How long will the exam take?

The scheduled time for this exam is 30 minutes.

Who will report my pelvic exam?

After the sonographer has completed your exam the images will be sent to a consultant radiologist who will report your scan.

When will I receive my results?

You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination however it is up to the radiologist to make a final report. The formal report will be sent to your GP by post which may take up to 5 days. If you are self-referred it may also take up to 5 days for you to receive the formal report by email. If there are urgent findings the process will be expedited and faxed to your GP within 24 hours.