You may experience slight bleeding after a TURA scan. This most commonly occurs in the first few hours following the procedure. It’s usually only a mild amount of bleeding and can usually be treated easily with an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you notice any bleeding after the procedure, you should contact your doctor.
If you experience severe pain or bleeding, or if you have any other concerns, you should alert your doctor immediately.
Pain and discomfort
The TURA transducer doesn’t produce any pain or discomfort during a scan. The exam itself isn’t painful and can be painless if done carefully.
However, you may experience some light cramping or slight discomfort during the procedure.
If you have any type of pain or discomfort for more than two hours following your TURA scan, you should contact your doctor.
If you have any concerns about your pain or discomfort during the procedure, you should alert your doctor immediately.
What to expect during TURA scan?
There are a few steps to prepare for a TURA scan.
First, you’ll need to empty your bladder by urinating or having a bowel movement. It’s important to make sure that you empty your bladder completely when you’re ready for the scan. If you’re not completely finished urinating or have a bowel movement, you’ll need to schedule the scan a few minutes later.
Next, you’ll need to set your scanner to the appropriate frequency and position. You may need to adjust the position of the transducer yourself if you’re not sure how to get the imaging to the best position. It’s important to be in the correct position for the scan to be completed safely and effectively.
You’ll also need to make sure that you’re well-hydrated. Drink about eight ounces of water a few hours before the scan and again at the start of the exam. Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
You’ll need to make sure to stay still and avoid moving throughout the scan. If you’re feeling lightheaded or dizzy, you may want to sit closer to the scanner.
When you’re ready to begin the scan, you’ll need to hold the transducer against your body. You may be asked to hold the transducer on a specific body part or to tilt it to a specific angle. Usually, you’ll be asked to hold the transducer in place for about 10 seconds.
After you’ve held the transducer on your body for about 10 seconds, you’ll need to adjust the position of the transducer to get the best picture of the area. For best results, you should aim the transducer at a point that’s 4 to 6 inches away from the part of your body that you’re testing.
You may be asked to lie down or sit for the scan.
Depending on your medical condition, you may be asked to hold still for a few minutes after your scan.
You may be given a mild sedative that you can drink. This may be used if you’re having a difficult time staying still during the scan. It’s important to remember that the sedative doesn’t make you drowsy, and it shouldn’t make you feel drowsy.
The sedative will help you relax and focus during the scan. It won’t interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery.
What to expect after TURA scan?
While you’re under sedation, you’ll be able to speak and move around. You can also request a bathroom break. You’ll need to wait about 30 minutes between the end of the sedative and the start of your scan.
You may be asked to change into a gown or other loose-fitting clothing before the scan begins. This will allow you to be comfortable but still be able to move quickly. Make sure to keep your head upright during the scan.
The TURA scan itself will last about 30 minutes. You may experience some slight discomfort during the procedure.
If you’re having a difficult time staying still, you may be requested to hold the transducer in place for a few seconds. This is to help ensure that you’re in the correct position for the scan to be completed safely and effectively.
After the scan is complete, you’ll be taken to a recovery area.
What to expect after recovery?
After a TURA scan, you’ll be free to go home. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home. You should also arrange to have someone take you to your doctor’s office or other medical facility.
You’ll likely experience some slight discomfort following the scan. You may also have some mild cramping. This will go away within a few hours.
You’ll be free to go home within a few hours following the procedure.
If you were given a sedative, you’ll be able to drive yourself home. However, you should make sure someone is on standby to drive you home.
The sedative should wear off within a few hours after the procedure. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not drive or operate any type of vehicle.
You should contact your doctor if you feel dizzy, confused, or disoriented after the procedure.
How long does it take to recover from a TURA scan?
The TURA scan itself will take about 30 minutes. You may experience mild discomfort during the procedure.
After the procedure, the sedative should wear off within a few hours. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not drive or operate any type of vehicle.
Is the TURA scan safe?
The TURA scan is considered safe. The images produced by the TURA scanner are similar to those obtained using an X-ray.
If you’re interested in having the TURA scan, be sure to talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of the test.
The bottom line
The transurethral ultrasound probe is a type of ultrasound scan. It’s used to diagnose certain conditions, including urinary tract infections and kidney stones. The TURA scan can help doctors identify cysts.
There’s a small risk of side effects, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. You may also experience mild discomfort during the procedure.
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