What is a testicular Ultrasound?
A testicular ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure employed to assess and visualize the organs and structures within the scrotum. This procedure utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the internal structures, offering invaluable insights into the health and condition of the testicles, epididymis, the spermatic cord and the blood vessels surrounding the testis.
The ultrasound can be instrumental in diagnosing various conditions affecting male reproductive health. Given its non-invasive nature, it is a preferred method for many clinicians as it poses minimal risks to the patient while providing essential information. The images generated during the ultrasound can aid in quickly detecting abnormalities, ensuring timely medical intervention.
The ultrasound test is highly accurate, and unlike X-rays or CT scans, it does not use radiation. It’s a safe and effective method for examining the testicles and their associated structures.
Private Scrotum Ultrasound – At a Glance
- Diagnostic investigation of the Testis, Scrotal Sack, spermatic cord, Epididymis
- Private ultrasound for testicular pain, swelling and lumps
- Testicular Screening
- Cancer Screening
- No GP referral is required for this scrotum scan
- Same time results
- Fully qualified, experienced NHS sonographers
- No preparation is required
- Same-day ultrasound scan appointment is usually available.
- Price: Only £149
- Book your ultrasound scan appointment Online or over the phone
- 3 mins walk from Notting Hill Gate station in London
A testicular ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to examine the testicles and surrounding structures. It is often done to evaluate testicular symptoms like pain, swelling, or lumps. This man’s ultrasound will provide you with quick answers for peace of mind about your symptoms without the NHS wait or the anxiety and stress associated with not knowing.
The testicles are imaged using a handheld probe called a transducer placed directly on the skin of the scrotum. The gel is applied to improve contact and image quality.
Ultrasound allows clear visualization of the testicles, epididymis, and spermatic cord. It can detect abnormalities like cysts, tumours, swelling, or infection. It is also helpful for evaluating testicular torsion, varicoceles, and undescended testicles.
The procedure is entirely painless and non-invasive. No radiation is involved. Preparation involves simply having a comfortable position for imaging. The scrotal skin is cleaned, and gel is applied.
The radiologist or sonographer will capture images from different angles, looking closely for any abnormalities and measure blood flow to the testicles if needed.
Testicular ultrasound has high accuracy and sensitivity for testicular conditions. It can differentiate solid masses from fluid-filled cysts. However, a biopsy may be needed for a definitive diagnosis in some cases.
After the exam, the gel is cleaned off. There are no restrictions and you can resume normal activities immediately. Results are typically available within half hour.
What can the testicular ultrasound scan detect?
A testicular ultrasound can detect a variety of testicular and scrotal abnormalities, including:
- Cysts – fluid-filled sacs that can develop in the testicles. Ultrasound can distinguish simple cysts from more complex masses.
- Varicoceles – enlarged veins in the spermatic cord that can cause pain and reduced fertility. Ultrasound visualizes the dilated veins.
- Hydroceles – fluid collection around the testicle. Ultrasound shows the fluid-filled sac.
- Epididymal cysts – non-cancerous cysts in the coiled tube at the back of the testicle. Appear as anechoic lesions on ultrasound.
- Testicular cancer – ultrasound has a high sensitivity for testicular tumours. It can detect small malignant masses and calcifications suggestive of cancer. Helps distinguish tumours from other testicular swellings.
- Testicular torsion – ultrasound with Doppler flow imaging can confirm or rule out testicular torsion, which is a twisted spermatic cord cutting off blood flow.
- Undescended testicles – ultrasound can locate testicles that have not descended into the scrotum.
- Inflammatory conditions like epididymitis and orchitis – ultrasound shows enlarged, hypoechoic, and hypervascular testicles.
- Trauma – ultrasound can detect testicular rupture, haematomas, or other damage from scrotal trauma.
- Reasons for infertility
What is the cost of the testicular ultrasound scan in London?
The cost of a private testicular ultrasound scan in our clinic in London is £149.
What is included with the private ultrasound scan?
The imaging test includes a digital diagnostic report with the findings, which you can share with your doctor or urologist and, if needed, ultrasound images and a follow-up recommendation.
What is the purpose of this private pelvic and ovarian scan in London?
The scrotal ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate:
- Your testes
- Spermatic cord
- Adjacent structures
What preparation is required for a scrotal scan?
No preparation is required for a scrotal scan.
What should I expect during the testicular ultrasound examination?
Here’s what you can expect during a testicular ultrasound examination:
- You’ll be asked to lie on your back on an exam table with your legs slightly apart. The ultrasound operator will provide a paper towel to cover your genitals.
- The sonographer or radiologist will apply a warm, water-based gel to your scrotum. This gel allows the ultrasound transducer probe to make good contact with your skin and take clear images.
- The sonographer will gently press the transducer probe against different areas of your scrotum and roll it back and forth. They may apply varying pressure to get optimal views of the testicles and internal structures.
- As the probe is moved around, you may feel some mild pressure or friction on the scrotum, but there should be no significant discomfort.
- The sonographer will take images from several angles and orientations – front, sides, top and bottom of each testicle. If needed, they may also use Doppler ultrasound to assess blood flow.
- The examination usually takes 5-10 minutes.
- After the exam, you will be supplied with a tissue to wipe the gel, and you can get dressed. You can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
- A digital report will be sent to you to share it with your doctor or to keep it for your records.
About the testes
The testes are oval-shaped glands that play a critical role as part of the male reproductive system.
The testis serve two main functions which are producing sperm cells and testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that influences libido (sex drive), mood, energy, and erectile function in males. In addition to sexual health, studies have shown that testosterone helps maintain muscle mass, strength, and overall vitality and maintains energy levels.
Doctors may prescribe testosterone hormone therapy like gels, injections or other products to treat low testosterone (hypogonadism). Research studies show benefits such as increased muscle mass, improved mood and cognitive function. However, treatments also have risks like prostate issues or limiting sperm production. Patients should discuss options with their doctor.
The testes need specific temperature conditions to allow sperm development and testosterone production. Each testis contains convoluted seminiferous tubules where immature sperm proliferate through a process called spermatogenesis before moving to the epididymis for maturation.
What are the most common testicular symptoms?
The most common testicular symptoms for which people book ultrasound are pain, swelling, lump and reduced fertility.
Testicles are sensitive organs prone to injury or conditions like epididymitis, orchitis, tumours, torsion or varicoceles. Surgery may help repair damage or remove abnormalities.
Some factors like obesity, medications, or diseases can lower testosterone levels, affecting muscle loss, low libido, erectile dysfunction and depression in males. Doctors may order bloodwork or a biopsy to evaluate testicular function. Supplements may help, but more research on long-term safety is needed.
While primarily associated with males, testosterone also plays a role in women’s bodies. It affects libido, mood, and energy. However, an increase in its amount can lead to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Maintaining testicular health is important for sexual function, fertility, and overall well-being in males throughout life. People should perform regular self-exams and see a doctor for lumps, pain or changes like shrinkage. Protecting the testes and optimizing testosterone levels via diet, exercise and stress reduction allows men to reap the full benefits of this vital gland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are testicular ultrasounds safe?
Yes, ultrasound scans are very safe. They use sound waves to create images and do not expose you to radiation like some other forms of imaging.
Do I need to prepare in any way for a testicular ultrasound?
There is typically no special preparation needed for a testicular ultrasound. We recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
Will the testiscular scan be painful?
Not at all. You may feel some pressure as the ultrasound probe is moved over the scrotum, but it should not cause pain. If you do feel discomfort at any point, please let us know immediately.
What happens after the ultrasound?
After the ultrasound, you can resume your regular activities immediately. Our team will analyse the images and a detailed report will be sent to your email address. We aim to deliver your results within 30 mins to 1 hour.
Do I need a referral for a testicular ultrasound?
No, you do not need a referral to book a testicular ultrasound at International Ultrasound Services. However, it might be beneficial to discuss your symptoms or concerns with your GP or specialist first.
How to Book Your Testicular Ultrasound
Booking your private testicular ultrasound with International Ultrasound Services is simple and straightforward.
Online Booking: Click on the “Book an Appointment” button. Choose the service “Testicular Ultrasound”, select a convenient date and time, and fill in your personal information.
Phone Booking: You can also book your appointment by calling us directly at +44 203 051 6506.
Our friendly staff are available to assist you from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Whether you have a question, need to discuss symptoms, or want to book an appointment, we’re here to help. Contact us today, and let’s take a proactive step towards your health.