Testes (Scrotal) Ultrasound Scan


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testicular ultrasound scan showing two normal testes

Testes ultrasound scan

Testicular or scrotal ultrasound is usually the first line method for examining the testicles and surrounding tissues.

If you are experiencing any pain in the testicle then it is very important to check it out. Also, if you feel a lump then ultrasound will certainly be able to see if there is a real problem or is a normal occurrence.

The scan will evaluate the size, shape and condition of the testes, epididymis and surrounding area or sac.

We will be able to see if you have any of the following conditions that may be causing you problems:

  • Masses / lumps / calcification
  • Cysts
  • Varicoceles
  • Spermatoceles
  • Hydrocele

The scan requires no specific preparation.

testicular ultrasound scan showing epididymus

The testes scan

No preparation is needed for the scan. We will ask you to remove your clothing from waist to just above your knees and simply lie on the ultrasound couch. Some warm gel will be applied to your testes and an ultrasound transducer will placed on the scrotum and moved gently over the area to ensure the entire testis have been seen. We will take images as we scan and answer any questions you have throughout the examination.

Please be reassured that these examinations are painless and have great sensitivity and so they can give you reassurance and peace of mind.


The testes scan results

Fortunately, most testes scans are normal in appearance and lumps are most often associated with cysts and hydroceles. There are numerous conditions that can be detected during the testes scan.

The meaning of abnormal results depends on the type of problem found. We will explain everything that we see on scan and give you a clinical report of our findings and we can send them to your doctor or healthcare provider.

Your GP is usually the best person to speak with you should you need any follow-up care or treatment. They can put your ultrasound findings together with your full medical history and can refer you to a specialist if needed.


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