Prostate Problems: What Tests Are Available for Men?

Dr. Nelson talks about tests available for men with prostate problems

462294327When a man has prostate problems, they will typically go see their primary care physician.

Your physician will typically begin with a urine analysis, a PSA test, or a digital rectal exam. Digital rectal exams are often forgotten, but about 15% of prostate cancers are diagnosed with an abnormal rectal exam and a normal PSA.

For that reason, it’s very important to have a complete exam.

For more, watch Dr. Nelson in this video.

Video Transcript

Roscoe Nelson MD:  When the man has prostate problems, they are typically going to see their primary care physician.  Workup would start with a urine analysis, a PSA, and an exam, digital rectal exams are often forgotten, but about 15% of prostate cancers are diagnosed with an abnormal rectal exam and a normal PSA. 

For that reason, it’s very important to have a complete exam.  If patients have further symptoms and their primary care doctors not sure what’s going on or if they need extra health, they will send them to urologist. 

We may look inside their bladder we may do a flow test where they urinate into a container to measure how fast.  These are typical types of tests that we do to workup prostate problems.  If a PSA is elevated or there is an abnormal exam that would progress to potential prostate biopsy or maybe even some imaging studies depending on the findings.

Roscoe Nelson
Dr. Roscoe Nelson is certified by the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his residency at the University of California, Davis and his doctorate of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nelson is nationally recognized and ranked among the nation’s and Arizona’s top physicians and has won numerous awards including the 2008 through 2012 Patients’ Choice Award.


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