The scrotum is the thin external sac of skin that houses the testicles.
A scrotal or testicular ultrasound is a diagnostic test to obtain images of the testicle and surrounding tissues in the scrotum. This painless procedure involves a probe which is rolled on the testicle and moves across the scrotum.
What it diagnoses:
A scrotal/testicular ultrasound is used to diagnose abnormalities in the testicles.
These images can lead to the diagnosis of:
- a tumor
- a cyst
- trauma to the scrotum
- twisted testicle called testicular torsion
- enlarged veins in the scrotum called varicoceles
- blockages interfering with the flow of semen
Preparing for your appointment:
This procedure is not invasive and requires little to no special preparation. There is no need to avoid eating or drinking before the appointment. Be prepared to stay as still as possible during the examination so that the ultrasound equipment can create clear images of the scrotum and testicles.
Men are often concerned about taking care of their wives. When he is the patient he internalizes the distress and there is a deep sense of responsibility. Especially because he may feel as if he is imposing the infertility on his partner.
Always remember this is not your fault! Infertility is no ones fault.