Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound

Imaging Center in Pasadena, CA

What is Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound?

(Scrotal Ultrasound, Testicular Sonogram)

Testicular Ultrasound, also known as scrotal ultrasound, is a medical imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create detailed images of the testicles and the surrounding structures. It is a non-invasive and painless method that helps healthcare providers evaluate the health and condition of the testicles, epididymis (a coiled tube that stores and transports sperm), and other adjacent tissues.

A provider’s referral is required to schedule a Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound.

Detect, Evaluate & Diagnose

Why are Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasounds commonly performed?

The Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound is commonly used to:

Such as tumors, cysts, inflammation, infections, and other structural issues within the testicles and surrounding areas.

Within the testicles, which is important for understanding the overall health of the tissues and diagnosing conditions like testicular torsion (a painful condition where the spermatic cord twists, cutting off blood supply to the testicle).

Such as testicular cancer, epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis), hydrocele (accumulation of fluid around the testicle), and varicocele (enlarged veins in the scrotum).

Testicular ultrasounds are generally safe and do not expose patients to ionizing radiation, making them a preferred method for assessing testicular health.

Exam Preparation

How to prepare for your Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound Procedure?

Preparing for a testicular ultrasound usually involves a few simple steps to ensure accurate and clear imaging results. Here’s what you can do to prepare:

Your healthcare provider or Sono Center Medical Group will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the ultrasound. Make sure to follow these instructions carefully.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is easy to remove. In some cases, you might be asked to change into a gown provided by us.

Take a shower or clean your scrotal area before the procedure to ensure cleanliness.

If you require a chaperone to be present during your procedure, please notify us in advance.

Take your regular medications as prescribed, unless your healthcare provider instructs you otherwise.

A provider’s referral is required to schedule any imaging study. If you do not have a provider referral, Sono Center can assist with scheduling a telehealth consultation for you (independent healthcare provider belonging to an external network). If you have any relevant medical history, previous imaging results, or physician referrals, please bring them with you to the appointment.

Remember that the specific instructions for preparation can vary, so it’s important to follow the guidelines provided by your healthcare provider and Sono Center Medical Group. If you’re uncertain about any aspect of the preparation, don’t hesitate to contact us or your healthcare provider for clarification. If you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort, please contact your healthcare provider immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

Ultrasound Procedure

What to expect during your Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound Procedure?

The procedure involves applying a gel on the scrotal area to ensure good contact between the skin and the ultrasound transducer. The transducer emits sound waves that bounce off the tissues and are then converted into images by a computer. These images are interpreted by a radiologist, to make a diagnosis or assessment.

During a testicular ultrasound, you can expect the following steps:

Begin by wearing loose clothes. In some cases, you will be provided a gown as it is important to have easy access to the scrotal area for the ultrasound procedure. You will be asked to lie on your back on an examination table. A towel or cloth may be placed over your lower abdomen and upper thighs to maintain your privacy.

A clear, water-based gel will be applied to your scrotum. This gel helps to create a good contact between your skin and the ultrasound transducer, which is necessary for the transmission of sound waves.

The ultrasound technologist will use a handheld device called an ultrasound transducer. This transducer emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off the tissues in your scrotum.

The transducer will be gently moved over your scrotum to capture images. The technologist may apply slight pressure to get clearer images of different angles and areas.

The images captured by the ultrasound machine will be displayed on a monitor. The healthcare provider will examine these images in real-time or after the procedure to assess the health of your testicles, and surrounding structures.

The technologist might take screenshots or measurements of specific areas of interest within your testicles, and surrounding structures for later evaluation by a radiologist.

Once all the necessary images have been obtained, you may wipe off the gel from your skin. You can then go about your normal activities.

A testicular ultrasound typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

After the procedure, the images and findings of your Scrotum (Testicular) Ultrasound will be reviewed by a radiologist, who will generate a report for your healthcare provider. We will share the report with you via a HIPAA compliant email, as well as fax the report to your healthcare provider. You must follow up with your healthcare provider for a clinical exam based on your concern and also to review your results. It is important for you to understand that you may have problems, disease, or abnormalities, but this study may not find them. You may need additional imaging or tests.

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