Scrotal (Testicular)

The scrotum is a sac or pouch that contains the testicles, epididymis and the tubes (vas deferens). An ultrasound is used to evaluate patients with acute scrotal pain and can assist the physician in diagnosing epididymitis, orchitis, testicular torsion, torsion of the testicular appendage, testicular trauma, and herniation of abdominal contents into the scrotum.

What happens during the exam?
The patient lies on a table with the groin area covered with a drape or blanket. The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a warm water-based gel on the skin surface. The gel helps to transmit the sound waves by excluding air. An instrument called a transducer, which is about the size of a microphone, will be moved over the skin surface by the sonographer.

How do I prepare for this test?
No preparation is needed.

How long will it take?
About twenty minutes.

Will it hurt?
No.

How will I learn the results?
You may call your doctor to discuss the results.