Areas to be examined are as follows:
• Scrotal area
Testes or scrotal ultrasound is usually carried out when a patient notices a lump or feels pain in his testes and/or scrotal area. This is a non-invasive and painless procedure.
Using a transducer lubricated with warm gel, the sonographer moves the transducer over the scrotum to obtain the necessary images. Both testes, epididymides are examined to characterize any palpable lumps or to identify inflammation in the case of epididymo-orchitis.This is a very simple procedure and it does not require any special preparation on the part of the patient.
Note: Be prepared to spend at least 30 minutes at the clinic for this test.
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What Happens During a Testicular Ultrasound Scan?
A testicular ultrasound scan is a non-invasive medical procedure used to diagnose scrotal pain and abnormalities. The procedure allows a doctor to obtain a complete picture of the entire scrotum, testes, and epididymis in a completely painless manner. A testicular ultrasound scan is usually performed, and should be sought for a varying range of reasons with the most common being:
• Acute testicular pain
• Notice of abnormalities such as lumps
• Following testicular trauma
• Monitoring of testicular health during testicular cancer remission
The scan is a completely painless procedure, requires no special preparation by the patient and requires very little, if any participation by the patient. The procedure requires the patient to remove all clothing from the waist down and lie on a padded table. An ultrasound technician will then cover the genitals with a towel and apply a gel to the scrotum. This will act as a lubricant and conductor for the transducer, the instrument that will be passed over the scrotum.
The ultrasound technician will press the transducer to the scrotum and make multiple passes. During these passes high frequency sound waves are used to create an image of the testes and surrounding tissues. Several passes are required to ensure a complete and clear picture of all scrotal contents is collected.
During this time the patient will often be asked to lay a still as possible and may be asked to re-position himself in order for the technician to scan the entire area. In addition to remaining motionless a patient may also be asked to hold his breath for several seconds or breathe deeply in order cause or counteract testicular movement.
From start to finish a testicular ultrasound scan can last anywhere from 20-40 minutes. Following the scan a radiologist will review the results to make sure a sufficient picture has been obtained and may require an additional scan if the images are not clear enough. Once a radiologist has approved the scan the results will be reviewed by your doctor to diagnose the complaint.
The scan will show any abnormalities including
• Abnormal growths
• Testicular torsion
• Signs of infection and inflammation
• Blood, pus or fluid in the scrotum
• Testes that are underdeveloped or have not descended
Any man with a family history of testicular cancer or who experience acute scrotal pain should immediately seek a testicular ultrasound scan to rule out testicular cancer. Regardless of age, men who experience continued dull testicular pain, swelling or experience a trauma to the groin should seek the procedure as well.