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, epdidymedes (tubes connected to the testes) 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.
Using the latest cloud technology, Ultrasound Direct can send your scan images and report to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE. This secure online service is available with every scan performed in an Ultrasound Direct clinic at no extra cost.
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.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have a Testicular scan?
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.
I’m embarrassed about coming for a Testicular scan, who will perform the scan?
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.
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.