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Ultrasound: What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is This Exam Done?
Scrotal ultrasounds are typically performed to determine the cause of testicular pain, identify if a scrotal mass is cystic or solid, determine the location of undescended testis, and diagnose the cause of infertility.
How Does it Work?
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body’s tissues, structures, and blood flow. A transducer/probe and ultrasound gel work in combination to absorb the reflected sound waves to produce images on the monitor
What Will Happen During the Exam?
The sonographer will request that you lay on the exam bed on your back. Warm, water-based ultrasound gel will be applied on the skin and/or the transducer. The sonographer will use the transducer on the skin moving it around as necessary to obtain images for the physician to interpret.
How Should I Prepare?
There are no preparations for this exam.
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of Scrotal Ultrasound:
- Ultrasound images are shown in real-time
- The structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels are able to be seen and recorded
- No ionizing radiation is used for this procedure
Risks you should be aware of:
- There are no known risks for ultrasound
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