Trans Rectal Ultrasound and Biopsy

the actual diagnosis of cancer is made by carrying out a Trans Rectal Ultrasound and Biopsy (TRUSP and Bx) of the prostate.

This consists of placing an Ultrasound probe in the rectum under anaesthesia.

The prostate is identified, and any abnormal or hypo-echoic areas are noted.

A biopsy needle is passed via the probe into the prostate to obtain a number of bits of tissue.

These are then examined by the pathologist using a microscope to detect any areas of cancer.