A testicular Reference ultrasound Opens New Window (sonogram) is a test that uses reflected sound waves to produce a picture of the Reference testicles Opens New Window and Reference scrotum Opens New Window. An ultrasound can show the long, tightly coiled tube that lies behind each testicle and collects sperm (epididymis) and the tube (Reference vas deferens Opens New Window) that connects the testicles to the Reference prostate gland Opens New Window. The ultrasound does not use Reference X-rays Opens New Window or other types of radiation. See a picture of the Reference male reproductive system Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window.
A small handheld instrument called a transducer is passed back and forth over the scrotum. The transducer sends the sound waves to the computer which converts them into a picture that is displayed on a video monitor. The picture produced by ultrasound is called a sonogram, echogram, or scan. Pictures or videos of the ultrasound images may be saved as a permanent record.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology