June is Men’s Health Month. For men across America, taking preventative measures and getting screenings for things such as prostate cancer is increasing in importance. Ultrasound technology plays a very important role during Men’s Health Month. Let’s explore how the field of urology has advanced due to ultrasound screenings and how this technology can save lives.
Why Men’s Health Month?
Men’s Health Month was created to bring awareness to preventable health issues in males. Why is there an entire month dedicated to this you may ask? Well, statistically speaking it has been proven that men are less likely to see a doctor or seek medical attention than women are. Throughout the month of June each year, free health screenings, educational activities and health fairs are held to shed light on the importance of men taking proactive measures when it comes to their wellness. A large focus of this monthly observance centers around urology screenings. Urology is the field of medicine that deals with the function of the urinary system and is especially for men.
Urology Screenings and Ultrasounds
Ultrasound can be used for numerous types of screenings, some of the most common that relate to the field of urology are:
- Prostate Cancer: The ultrasound transducer is typically used during a transrectal ultrasound and is key in biopsies when abnormalities are found.
- Infertility: Scrotal ultrasounds can be used to see if there are issues in the varicocele, testicles or other structures.
- Bladder: With the high-frequency sound waves produced through the ultrasound transducer, imaging is taken of the bladder and kidneys to identify any abnormalities in the area. This can help check for different types of cancer, incontinence, and more.
The Importance of Screenings
Nearly 30,000 men die each year from prostate cancer, which is why taking preventative measures like getting a prostate screening holds such importance. Most doctors recommend a yearly screening for early detection to stop abnormalities in their tracks. Typically, these screenings come about in the form of a rectal screening, where an ultrasound transducer is used to check for any inflammation or abnormalities in the prostate. Utilization of ultrasound technology creates a minimally invasive procedure that is quick and painless.
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