Your doctor has requested an ultrasound of your testicles. An ultrasound is a painless way to see what is going on inside your body. It allows doctors to differentiate between different types of tissue and to diagnose a range of medical conditions. At the Cedars-Sinai S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, we have an expert team of physicians, nurses and technologists who are highly trained in ultrasound imaging.
Before Your Exam
- There is no preparation for this exam.
- You will be asked to change into a gown.
- If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
- Please consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass any time you may have to wait.
- Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.
During Your Exam
- Once in the exam room, the diagnostic medical sonographer will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have.
- You will be asked to lie flat on your back on the exam table.
- The technologist will apply a warm gel to your testicles. The gel is similar to hair styling gel and allows sound waves to more readily travel from the machine into your body.
- A transducer, a small device similar to a microphone, is placed over the area being examined.
- There is no pain involved; however, you may feel mild pressure from the transducer.
- Sound waves pass harmlessly through the skin from the transducer. A television monitor shows images of your testicles as the transducer converts the echoes to electrical signals.
- These moving images can be viewed immediately, recorded and/or photographed for physician review.
- Occasionally, additional images may be needed following review by an imaging physician.
- Your procedure will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
After Your Exam
- Your study will be reviewed by a imaging physician and the results sent to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
- If you have problems related to your procedure, please call 310-423-8000.