Q | how is the TRUS biopsy performed?
A | In the X-ray examination room, you will be asked to change into a gown and lie on your left side, drawing up your knees.
This is the same position as the examination of your prostate during your initial consultation. A small ultrasound probe is inserted into the back passage (rectum) and the prostate scan pictures are taken.
A biopsy needle is then attached to the side of the ultrasound probe and 6 – 8 samples of prostate are taken. No anaesthetic is given during this procedure, therefore, you may experience some mild discomfort during the taking of the biopsy specimens.
Each sample is a thread of prostate tissue, which is collected and sent to the pathology laboratory for examination under the microscope.