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1. What is a Testicular Ultrasound?
2. Testicular ultrasound: Conditions, symptoms and when to see a doctor
Testicular conditions which can be detected via ultrasound include:
– Fluid buildup
– Abcesses and cysts
– Testicular torsion (a twisted testicle)
– Swollen vein
– Lumps (size and location)
Symptoms and when to see a doctor
You may notice swelling or a lump in your testicles, or some other changes around your scrotum area. If you do please consult your doctor. We recommend requesting or booking an ultrasound as well as consulting your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:
– Pain, discomfort or swelling
– Heaviness in the scrotum
– Changes in your testicles (for example, if one feels firmer than the other or looks different)
– A lump (even if small)
3. Chest ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
Scrotal ultrasounds are done for the following reasons including:
– To find the cause of testicular pain
– Assess lumps found by doctors during physical exam
– Determine the cause of testicular swelling
– Verify causes of infertility
– To find testicles that haven’t descended properly
A testicular ultrasound won’t put you at risk for any health problems. There’s no radiation exposure during the procedure. However, you may have increased pain or discomfort during the procedure if you have certain testicular issues, such as testicular torsion or an infection.
4. Testicular Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
Your appointment will last for approximately 30-45 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and remove any clothing from your lower body as well as jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to lie flat on your back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel on your testicles. The gel works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the body more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device (the ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals), will be placed on your testicles, moving back and forth whilst applying mild pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any pain.
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, you’ll be given a tissue to wipe
off the gel, you can then get dressed.
5. Your doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.
Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan. You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.
5. Testicular ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this scan.
You are welcome to invite another person to accompany you, we kindly ask you to inform us beforehand so we can accommodate.