The testicles are part of the reproductive system for males. They produce testosterone and make sperm.
There are some common problems that can occur with the testicles such as pain and swelling, bruising, pain and discomfort in the lower abdomen, and nausea and/or vomiting which can be caused by a number of things.
Testicles can usually withstand the odd knock or shock from an injury without causing too much damage, but sometimes an injury can be more serious, and it is advised you seek medical attention. Usually, rest and a cold compress of ice will help. In more serious cases an ultrasound scan may be ordered, testicles can rupture if the trauma is severe enough.
A scrotal/testicular scan can check the scrotal area and testicles for swelling and for the source of pain.
Another thing that can happen to the testicles and scrotum is called testicular torsion, the spermatic cord has blood vessels, if this cord gets twisted, the blood supply can be cut off, due to the loss of blood supply the following symptoms can occur, pain (sometimes quite severe) enlargement of the testicle, tenderness, and soreness, and even nausea and vomiting.
A scrotal/testicular scan can evaluate for testicular torsion.
Another worry with testicles and the scrotal area is testicular cancer, most testicular cancers begin in the sperm cells. More commonly cancer will develop in one testicle but can happen in both. Possible symptoms can include, a lump, painful testicles, a dull ache, or dragging sensation in the scrotum, you can also experience dull aching in the lower abdomen, back pain, lower leg swelling, and bone pain.
Early detection is vital for testicular cancer, so regular self-examinations are recommended to check for any changes in appearance or any lumps that have appeared.
A scrotal/testicular scan can check the function and condition of the testicles. It can look at any lumps and whether a solid or filled lump is tumorous or just a cyst. A solid lump can indicate a tumour, a fluid-filled one is usually just a cyst.
If you are worried about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Ultrasound Care for your Scrotal/testicular scan. The scan is non-invasive, painless, and safe, and will usually take around 15-30 minutes. A full report will be compiled and sent to your GP.