What to Expect During a Scrotal Ultrasound

For most ultrasound exams, you are positioned lying face-up on an examination table that can be tilted or moved.

A clear water-based gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The sonographer (ultrasound technologist) or radiologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it over the area of interest.

The sonographer or radiologist is often able to review the ultrasound images in real-time as they are acquired and you can be released immediately. There may be an occasion, however, where you are asked to dress and wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed.

Time Consideration

This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 30 minutes.

Other Factors

Most ultrasound exams are painless, fast and easy.

There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.

If scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer.

After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities within a few hours.

Limitations of Scrotal Ultrasound

Ultrasound of the scrotum does not always permit distinction between benign and malignant conditions.