Further investigations

If the PSA is raised above normal levels, one option we will discuss with you is whether or not you should have a biopsy, whereby tiny samples of prostate tissue are collected via a series of 8-12 needles. We will explain what is involved and, if you are happy to go ahead, prescribe a short course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.

We can arrange the biopsy either later in the day or on another date to suit you. We make every effort to make it a painless experience for you; our radiologists are highly experienced and you will be given a local anaesthetic.

We have access to some of the most sophisticated pathology expertise in the country. The laboratory will fast-track the analysis and provides exceptional service to ensure that in most instances your biopsy results can be known within 48 hours.

We are also one of a limited number of centres that can offer the PCA3 test, which involves collection of a small amount of urine passed after a prostatic massage. You can read more about this test elsewhere on this website, but you should be aware that because it is relatively new it may not be covered by your insurance.

Some patients may need a bone scan, MRI or CT scan; these are not performed on the premises but at one of the state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging centres nearby, and reported to us.