This scan is available to men from 16 years of age.
The purpose is to examine the testes and scrotal contents. This includes assessment of the superficial tissues of the scrotum, the testes, epididymis (tube connected to the testis) and the spermatic cord.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of lumps, pain and swellings of the scrotum for conditions such as scrotal hernias, epididymal cysts, hydrocoeles (fluid), varocicoeles (varicose veins), unexplained swellings and testicular masses.
The lower clothing and underwear will need to be lowered to the mid-thigh region in order to expose the scrotal area. Tissue will cover all but the affected area to be examined.
Firstly, most lumps within the scrotum and testes are benign and not a serious concern. Most lumps are small cysts that are very common, varicose veins, fluid collections and inflammation of the epididymis (the tube connected to the testis).
Testicular cancer is the 16th most common cancer among men in the UK, accounting for 7 new cases for every 100,000 population. It is most common in men aged between 15 and 49 years of age with a peak incidence in the 30-34 year age group according to Cancer research UK. However, having a testicular lump at these age ranges does not necessarily mean that it is a cancer related lump.
Ultrasound is able to quickly evaluate the characteristics of the lump, its size and shape together with its location within the scrotum, often resulting in a common benign finding.
Having a testicular scan requires no special preparation and we will endeavor to keep this as short as necessary.
Either a male or female practitioner, who will maintain your dignity, will carry out the examination.
Testicular scans are a very common ultrasound test and while you may feel reluctant to have this performed, our practitioners make this a painless and embarrassment free process, often reassuring you of your results there and then.