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.
How It Feels
The gel may feel cold when it is applied
to your scrotum unless it is first warmed to body temperature. You will feel
light pressure from the transducer as it passes over your scrotum. If the
ultrasound test is being done to determine the extent of damage from a recent
injury or to investigate testicular pain, the slight pressure of the transducer
may be somewhat painful. You will not hear the sound waves.
biopsy is done during the ultrasound, you may experience slight discomfort when
the sample is obtained.
There are no known risks associated with a
testicular ultrasound test.