WHAT IS PENILE ULTRASOUND DOPPLER?

Penile Doppler Ultrasound is used to evaluate the circulation in and put of the penis during erection as well as assess the structural tissue of the penis. Penile ultrasound can be used to evaluate many conditions affecting the penis, including erectile dysfunction (ED), plaques (such as those caused by Peyronie’s disease), fibrosis, lumps, and even cancer.

In a Doppler ultrasound, the sound waves bounce off circulating red blood cells. A change in pitch signals the movement of blood.

Blood flow is critical for a man’s erections. When a man is sexually stimulated, the arteries in his penis widen and the penis fills with blood. This blood is what gives the penis the firmness it needs for sex. Veins in the penis constrict, holding the blood in. When the stimulation stops, or when the man ejaculates, the veins widen again and allow blood to flow back into the body. Many men with Erectile Dysfunction have problems with this blood flow. The arteries might not widen enough for sufficient blood to flow in. Or, the veins might not constrict enough to keep the blood from flowing out. Both situations can lead to weak erections.

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Blood flow is critical for a man’s erections. When a man is sexually stimulated, the arteries in his penis widen and the penis fills with blood. This blood is what gives the penis the firmness it needs for sex. Veins in the penis constrict, holding the blood in. When the stimulation stops, or when the man ejaculates, the veins widen again and allow blood to flow back into the body.

Many men with Erectile Dysfunction have problems with this blood flow. The arteries might not widen enough for sufficient blood to flow in. Or, the veins might not constrict enough to keep the blood from flowing out. Both situations can lead to weak erections.

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HOW IS IT DONE?

The test will be performed while you are lying on your back on the examining room table. The test begins with an injection of medicine, which causes an erection by widening arteries and increasing blood flow. From there, a doctor moves a small device called a transducer over against the skin of the penis. The transducer sends data to a computer so that the doctor can tell how fast blood is flowing in and out.

A Doppler ultrasound is non-invasive and the test itself shouldn’t hurt. Some men have pain or bruising at the injection site. Men might also feel dizzy for a few minutes. If the induced erection lasts longer than the test, the doctor might give another injection so the penis will become flaccid again.

RESULTS

Should there be any abnormal finding, the physician will inform you about this. You will be given further instructions and information about therapeutic options that are appropriate for you.

RISKS

You might experience mild discomfort during the penile injection. About 10% of patients may experience an ache from the actual injection medication. You might also develop a small bruise in the skin at the site of the injection.

The erection should go down within 4 hours; however, occasionally some patients may experience a very prolonged painful erection, lasting more than 4 hours. This condition is called priapism. If this happens you need to present to the emergency room immediately.

Men and women from across Quebec and Ontario choose Steinberg Urology for rapid access and the quality of services. In addition to offering cutting-edge technologies, our urologists have years of experience and are committed to providing unparalleled service.

Our modern facilities and philosophy of putting the patient at the heart of our practice ensure you have a positive experience with each visit. Our mission is to help you improve your health and well-being in a professional and confidential environment.

Penile Ultrasound Doppler CAN BE ONE OF THE EFFICIENT TOOLS TO DIAGNOSE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS

Condition

Erectile dysfunction

Condition

Peyronie’s disease

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