Testicular Ultrasound & Sonogram
A testicular ultrasound, also referred to as a testicular sonogram, uses soundwaves to create a scan of the testicles and scrotum. A testicular ultrasound can evaluate the health of the epididymis (a tube that holds sperm) and vas deferens (a tube that connects the testicles to the prostate gland). A testicular sonogram does not use radiation like a traditional X-ray but still provides an accurate, in-depth analysis of your testicular health.
What is a testicular ultrasound?
An ultrasound of the testicles is performed with a handheld device that is moved across the scrotum to gain images of the testicles and surrounding tissues. A testicular ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that is used to evaluate and diagnose pain, damage, or medical conditions such as testicular cancer. A testicular sonogram can to detect the differences in normal and abnormal testicular tissue through the use of soundwaves.
What can a testicular ultrasound help diagnose?
Testicular ultrasound uses the reflected echoes of high-frequency soundwaves to produce images of the testicles. Because malignant tumors often produce a pattern that is different from normal testicular tissues, a testicular ultrasound can help determine if a lump needs further imaging. A testicular ultrasound can help analyze if a testicular bump or lump is a tumor or cyst. Our radiologists can also gauge the severity of an injury or trauma to the testicles after an accident. Testicular torsion is another medical condition that can be diagnosed through a testicular ultrasound. Testicular torsion occurs when a testicle twists or rotates, resulting in a blocked testicular cord that causes reduced blood flow and may lead to testicular swelling. Additionally, a testicular ultrasound can help detect the source of swelling, pain, or discomfort. Undescended testicles can also be located and evaluated during a testicular sonogram. Finally, a testicular ultrasound can help detect causes of infertility or varicoceles (enlarged varicose veins of the scrotum).
What can I expect from a testicular ultrasound?
To begin your testicular ultrasound, you will change into a gown for comfort. You will then lie down as a gel is applied to the scrotum. A handheld device called a transducer will then be placed against the skin to evaluate the health of your testicles. The handheld device will be moved across the testicles for a complete analysis. If you have a testicular injury or recurring pain, you may feel slight discomfort as the transducer is passed over the testicle, but, in most cases, a testicular ultrasound is a painless test.
How long does an ultrasound take, & when will I get my results?
Most testicular ultrasounds can be completed in twenty to thirty minutes. The length of your testicular ultrasound may be longer if you are unable to stay still during your procedure, as this can negatively affect the quality of the images gathered. Following your testicular sonogram, our radiologists will begin to analyze and interpret your testicular sonogram results, and a member of our staff will contact your physician as soon as your test results are available.
How can I learn more about a testicular ultrasound?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a testicular ultrasound with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.