Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
Not being able to remain still during the
Having an open sore or wound in the area that needs to be
What To Think About
Testicular ultrasound is usually done to
evaluate a mass or pain in the testicles for possible cancer. Young men with a
testicular mass or pain should be evaluated immediately by a doctor. Testicular
cancer is the most common cancer in young men.
ultrasound, your doctor can usually tell the difference between a fluid-filled
cyst, a solid lump, or another type of mass.
A fluid-filled mass that has a symmetrical shape and does
not have particles floating in it is likely to be a cyst or a
A mass that does not have fluid, one that has fluid with
floating particles (atypical cyst), or one that is larger than expected needs
further evaluation. Often a follow-up ultrasound is done in 6 to 8 weeks to
allow time for the mass to go away on its own.
If a solid lump or
an atypical cyst is present and a testicular ultrasound cannot determine
whether it is cancer, a
biopsy may be recommended.