Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 13–17 | Cite as

Clinical Application of Ultrasound in Male Voiding Dysfunction

  • Lewis ChanEmail author
  • Tom Jarvis
  • Vincent Tse
Post-Prostatectomy and Acquired Voiding Dysfunction (V Tse, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Post-Prostatectomy and Acquired Voiding Dysfunction


Purpose of Review

Ultrasound is the most widely used imaging modality in the assessment of male voiding dysfunction. The lower urinary tract can be in imaged by transabdominal, transrectal, and transperineal approaches.

Recent Findings

There is an emerging role of transperineal ultrasound in pelvic floor physiotherapy and also in the evaluation of male sling, especially in failed sling cases.


Common applications of ultrasound in lower urinary tract (LUT) dysfunction include measurement of post-void residual volume, prostate size, bladder wall thickness, and intravesical protrusion of the prostate (IPP). IPP measurement by transabdominal ultrasound of the bladder base is the most established non-invasive imaging parameter in the diagnosis of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO).


Ultrasound Bladder outlet obstruction Incontinence Radical prostatectomy 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Chan, Jarvis, and Tse declare no conflicts of interests

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

Supplementary material


Transabdominal ultrasound video of bladder and prostate (MP4 4891 kb).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sydney Medical SchoolUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Prince of Wales Clinical SchoolUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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