Volume Study

A vol­ume study is an ultra­sound study of your prostate. We use these ultra­sound pic­tures to deter­mine the exact size and shape of your prostate gland and to cre­ate a 3‑D image of the prostate. The 3‑D image is used to devel­op your indi­vid­u­al­ized treat­ment plan.

There are no restric­tions for your vol­ume study. You may eat and take your med­ica­tions as usu­al and dri­ve your­self to this appointment.

Dur­ing the vol­ume study, you must lie on your back with your legs placed in stir­rups. To visu­al­ize your ure­thra, a uri­nary catheter will be placed into your blad­der. Then, an ultra­sound probe will be insert­ed into your rec­tum. The ultra­sound probe is the instru­ment that visu­al­izes the prostate gland.

Once all the pic­tures have been tak­en, the catheter and ultra­sound probe are removed. Total time for this vol­ume study is approx­i­mate­ly 10 – 15 min­utes, although your vis­it may take up to an hour.

After your vol­ume study is com­plet­ed and the results are ana­lyzed, you and your physi­cian will make a choice regard­ing your course of treatment.