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.
To request a copy of your images on a CD or film, or a copy of your report, please call 310-423-8000, option 2 or submit an online request.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 310-423-8000.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.