What is a scrotal ultrasound?
Scrotal ultrasounds are an important tool when trying to observe and detect abnormalities in the testicles and surrounding area. More specifically, scrotal ultrasounds may be used to:
- Investigate lumps in your scrotum
- Investigate any testicular trauma
- Examine causes of pain or swelling to the testicles
- Investigate causes of infertility (constrictions or obstructions to the flow of semen)
- Locate an undescended testicle
- Examine blood flow to and from the testicles
Frequently asked questions:
A scrotal ultrasound is the primary imaging method used to observe and diagnose abnormalities in the testicles.
No special preparations are required. Patients are able to eat and drink as they normally would.
You will be given a gown and asked to remove all clothing from the waist down. Once changed, you will be asked to lie on your back on the ultrasound table.
You will be covered during your exam except for the area being examined. The sonographer will apply a warm layer of gel to your scrotum. This allows for good contact between the skin and the ultrasound transducer. A series of routine images of the testes are obtained by moving the transducer over the scrotum. Mild pressure of the probe is required during the exam. Your sonographer will discuss this with you and make every effort to minimize any discomfort if the area being examined is tender.
This scan usually takes between 10-15 minutes. A radiologist will review your images before you leave the clinic and send a report to your referring physician.
Although there are no inherent risks with a scrotal ultrasound, some patients may experience discomfort with the pressure applied with the transducer, to the areas being examined. The pain is usually temporary and is experienced in tender areas usually caused by underlying testicular issues, such as torsion or an infection.