Description - A scrotal ultrasound uses sound frequency in a range that is higher than humans are able to hear to produce images of the internal structures on a viewing screen. Ultrasound of the scrotum is the primary method used to evaluate disorders of the testicles and the surrounding tissues. This test is not invasive and involves no radiation.
Indications: Scrotal ultrasound is indicated for acute pain, absent or undescended testicles, inflammation, hydrocele (fluid collection), varicocele (abnormal blood vessels), or a mass. It may also be used to diagnose testicular torsion, a condition that occurs when the spermatic cord containing the blood vessels that supply the testicles twists.
Procedure - The patient lies on his back on an exam table. A rolled towel is placed between the patients legs to support the scrotum. The penis is lifted up onto the abdomen and covered. A gel that enhances transducer contact with the skin is placed on the scrotum and the transducer is positioned gently on the scrotum. As it moves over the area sound is passed from the transducer into the boday and is reflected off the internal structures and returned to the transducer. The echoes are then transformed electronically into images on a monitor that are recorded on film. The exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
Preparation - None necessary
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