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Transrectal Ultrasound

Glossary

transrectal ultrasound

A procedure in which a probe that sends out high-energy sound waves is inserted into the rectum. The sound waves are bounced off internal tissues or organs and make echoes. The echoes form a picture of body tissue called a sonogram. Transrectal ultrasound is used to look for abnormalities in the rectum and nearby structures, including the prostate. Also called endorectal ultrasound, ERUS, and TRUS.

Last updated: 2014-05-21

Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary)