How It Is Done
A testicular ultrasound is usually done
by an ultrasound technologist. It is done in an ultrasound room in a doctor's
office or hospital.
You will need to remove all your clothes from
the waist down and put on a gown before the test. You will be asked to lie on
your back on a padded examination table. Folded towels will be used to cover
the penis and lift the scrotum. A gel (such as K-Y Jelly) will be spread on
your scrotum for the transducer. The transducer is pressed against your skin
and moved across your scrotum many times.
You will need to lie
very still during the ultrasound scan. You may be asked to take a breath and
hold it for several seconds during the scanning. Testicular ultrasound takes
about 20 minutes.
When the test is finished, the gel is removed
from your skin. You may be asked to wait until the
radiologist has reviewed the information. The
radiologist may want to do more ultrasound views.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
December 28, 2012
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