WHAT IS TESTICULAR ULTRASOUND?

A testicular ultrasound (sonogram) is a test that uses reflected sound waves to show a picture of the testicles and scrotum. It can show the tube (vas deferens) that connects the testicles to the prostate gland. The ultrasound does not use X-rays or other types of radiation.

A small hand-held device called a transducer is passed back and forth over the scrotum. The device sends the sound waves to the computer, which turns them into a picture. This picture is shown on a video screen. The picture produced by ultrasound is called a sonogram, echogram, or scan. Pictures or videos of the ultrasound images may be saved.

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HOW IS IT DONE?

Once in the exam room, the doctor will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to lie flat on your back on the exam table.

The technologist will apply a warm gel to your testicles. The gel is similar to hair styling gel and allows sound waves to more readily travel from the machine into your body.

A transducer, a small device similar to a microphone, is placed over the area being examined. There is no pain involved; however, you may feel mild pressure from the transducer.

Sound waves pass harmlessly through the skin from the transducer. A television monitor shows images of your testicles as the transducer converts the echoes to electrical signals. These moving images can be viewed immediately, recorded and/or photographed for physician review. Occasionally, additional images may be needed following review by an imaging physician.

Your procedure will take approximately 20 minutes.

Sound waves pass harmlessly through the skin from the transducer. A television monitor shows images of your testicles as the transducer converts the echoes to electrical signals. These moving images can be viewed immediately, recorded and/or photographed for physician review. Occasionally, additional images may be needed following review by an imaging physician.

Your procedure will take approximately 20 minutes.

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. In case of doubts, you may be recommended to undergo more specific screening (MRI, abdominal CT scan etc).

Normal
  • The testicles are normal in shape and size. They are in the normal position.
  • There is no sign of a non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) lump in the testicles.
  • There is no sign of infection or swelling of the testicles or epididymitis.
  • There is no twisting of the spermatic cord. This twisting ( testicular torsion) cuts off blood supply to the testicles.
  • There is no sign of fluid in the scrotum ( hydrocele), blood in the scrotum (hematocele), fluid in the epididymis (spermatocele), or pus in the scrotum (pyocele).
Abnormal
  • There is a lump in the testicle or there are signs of testicular cancer.
  • There are signs of infection or swelling of the testicles or epididymis.
  • The spermatic cord is twisted. This problem cuts off blood supply to the testicles (testicular torsion).
  • No testicle or only one testicle is present in the scrotal sac.
  • Fluid (hydrocele), blood (hematocele), or pus (pyocele) is present in the scrotum or fluid is present in the epididymis (spermatocele).
  • There is a hernia in the scrotum.

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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.

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

Condition

Hydrocele

Condition

Testicular pain

The images and/or videos are not presented as a guarantee of result. The results may vary. Patients gave their consent for the publication of images and/or videos.

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