Preparing for Your Prostate Volume Study
A prostate volume study (PVS) is an ultrasound test used to judge the size of your prostate gland. It uses a rectal probe. During a PVS the radiation doctor will take pictures of your prostate gland. The pictures will help your doctor determine how many seeds will be needed. A PVS takes about 45 minutes to complete.
Please check in at the Town Square Reception area. You should also check in at the Radiation Oncology Reception desk.
After your PVS, the doctor and nurse will talk with you. He or she will tell you about other tests needed before the prostate seed implant (PSI). These tests can include blood work, a chest X-ray, and a EKG. You will also be seen in the anesthesia screening clinic.
The day before your PVS you may eat solid food until 12:00 noon. You must then begin a clear liquid diet (no dairy products). Clear liquids are listed below.
- Clear broth
- Coffee, decaffeinated coffee
- Carbonated beverages
- Hard candy
- Clear fruit juices (cranberry, grape, apple, cherry)
- Fruitades or ices made from the allowed juices
You may drink as much clear liquid as you would like up until the PVS.
- The evening before your PVS, give yourself one enema. This can be bought at any pharmacy, without a prescription.
- The morning of your PVS, give yourself a second enema.
- If you take prescription medicines, you may take them at your normal times.
- After the PVS is over, you may resume your normal diet.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Radiotherapy Clinic at (608) 263-8500 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If the clinic is closed your call will be transferred to the answering service. They will have the doctor on call contact you.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 01/18/2013
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