Practical skills

How to perform or assist with a transrectal ultrasound and prostate biopsy

  • RCN accredited
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  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 1970
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This practical learning module is aimed at helping nurses support patients who require a prostate biopsy to diagnose or exclude prostate cancer. Performing and assisting with a transrectal ultrasound and the biopsy are addressed. Indications for a biopsy, such as elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen and identification of abnormalities on digital rectal examination are also discussed.


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to

Bruce Turner, Former nurse consultant, uro-oncology, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Nurse practitioner, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, England.
Lawrence Drudge-Coates, Urological oncology clinical nurse specialist, King’s College Hospital, London, England.

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