Cost of Scrotum Ultrasound in India
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What is Scrotum Ultrasound?
Scrotum Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce the image of the male testicles and the surrounding tissues. It is a method to evaluate the disorders of testicles, epididymis, and scrotum. This procedure is safe because it is non-invasive and doesn’t use ionizing radiation. During Ultrasound imaging, the radiologist places a gel on the skin. The transducer converts one form of energy into another. High-frequency sound waves travel from a small probe or transducer through the skin, and it also collects the sound waves that bounce back. The screen creates an image of the organ and surrounding tissues.
Why is the Scrotum Ultrasound done?
Sudden pain in the scrotum could be due to epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis). Early diagnosis is beneficial under such conditions because it can result in loss of blood flow in the testicles if left untreated. Ultrasound also helps to diagnose the descended testicles in full-term boys. If the testicles remain in the abdomen, they might become cancerous. Thus, it becomes mandatory to remove the testicles. It also diagnoses testicular torsion or the twist in the spermatic cord that contains the testicles. Scrotum Ultrasound also detects the collection of fluids and abnormalities of the blood vessels.
Who should get the Scrotum Ultrasound done?
Scrotum Ultrasound is the primary imaging method to observe and diagnose abnormalities in the scrotum. If you are suffering from one of the following symptoms, you must undergo Scrotum Ultrasound:
- Lump in the scrotum or testicles which is either solid (indicating tumour) or filled with fluid (indicating cyst)
- Pain or swelling in the testicles
- Testicular torsion (twisted spermatic cord)
- The outcome of trauma to the scrotum
- Undescended testicles
- Epididymitis (inflammation of epididymis)
- Any issue with the blood flow in the varicose veins present in the scrotum
Disclaimer: It is advised to always consult your doctor for interpreting the test reports.
What precautions should I take?
- Please follow the instructions suggested by your doctor
- Inform if one is on any medications or if any treatment is going on
- Show your old reports, if any
What does the Scrotum Ultrasound measure?
Scrotum Ultrasound uses Ultrasound imaging to detect changes in the appearance of the organ (scrotum), tissues, vessels, and tumors. It uses ultrasonic waves that strike and bounce back from the organ. Measurement of these echo waves determines the size, shape, and consistency. Scrotum Ultrasound helps to:
- Determine the presence of cysts or solid masses in the scrotum and its location
- Diagnose the cause of swelling, inflammation, torsion, or pain in the testicles
- Diagnose the result of trauma to the scrotum
- Evaluation of the cause of infertility
- Determine the location of undescended testis
What are all tests included in the Scrotum Ultrasound?
Scrotum Ultrasound is an outpatient procedure and doesn’t include any other test. Ultrasound is the imaging of the scrotum and nearby tissues using ultrasound waves. Based upon the results of the Scrotum Ultrasound, your doctor will guide you about the conditions of your scrotum or the need for further tests or follow-up exams.
Scrotum Ultrasound Preparation
If a child has to undergo a Scrotum Ultrasound, the parents must explain the procedure first and remain in the examination room for support. To get quality pictures after the Scrotum Ultrasound, the patients must have the following preparations:
The patient must wear loose clothes or a gown. You might have to remove all the clothes in the abdomen.
The patient should drink plenty of water and go to the washroom before the Scrotum Ultrasound.
The patient must not eat or drink before a few hours of the scan.
Scrotum Ultrasound Procedure
Scrotum Ultrasound procedure is painless and fast. The patient must lie face-up on the examination table and spread the legs to elevate the scrotum. This test takes around 15-30 minutes to complete. The transducer used in the test sends and receives the sound waves after pressing them on the skin. It sends inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. As the waves bounce off internal organs and tissues, the receiver in the transducer records them. Scrotum Ultrasound is real-time imaging. A computer monitor captures the movement of the internal organs of the body. After the imaging, the radiologist will clean the gel from your skin.
What to expect after the Scrotum Ultrasound is done?
Scrotum Ultrasound procedure takes less than 30 minutes. After the Scrotum Ultrasound, you can resume your normal activities immediately. The radiologist interprets the results of the imaging test. The patient must visit a doctor for further consultation. In the case of no abnormality, there will be no need for further analysis. The doctor might suggest a follow-up examination if the report shows conditions like epididymitis, tumor, cyst, testicular torsion, or inflammation. A follow-up exam includes other tests like biopsies (for tumor) or imaging tests like MRI to diagnose the disease.
When will I get the Scrotum Ultrasound report?
Usually, it takes around 1-2 days to get the test reports for Scrotum Ultrasound. In case of emergency, you can get the ultrasound reports quickly. The patients or the family cannot get immediate results in the maximum conditions. You can consult the radiologist about the test reports and further review from the doctor. You must consult the doctor after getting your test results from the laboratory.
Disclaimer: The time may vary based on your condition and the availability of the radiologist.
How will I get the Scrotum Ultrasound report?
After undergoing Scrotum Ultrasound, you can get your test reports either from the laboratory directly or through the MFine app. Under both conditions, you have to wait for around 24-48 hours to get the test results. The radiologist will explain to you the results of the test. To download the test report from the app:
- Login to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click on Attachment and Reports
- Click on Lab report
- Download the report
How to interpret the Scrotum Ultrasound report?
The radiologists analyze the images obtained after Scrotum Ultrasound. Then the concerned doctors receive the results of the tests. Abnormal findings of the test results can conclude following issues:
- Testicular infection
- Testicular torsion
- Tumour in the testicles
- Benign cyst
- Varicocele (enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds the scrotum)
- Hydrocele (benign collection of fluid around the scrotum)
- Spermatocele (fluid-filled cyst on the ducts of the testicles)
As a result of abnormal findings, the doctor will recommend a follow-up exam to evaluate the possible issues or any other imaging technique.
Is there any risk involved?
The procedure is safe since it is non-invasive and doesn’t include the emission of any radiations like X-rays or gamma-rays on the body. On pressing the transducer over the skin during Scrotum Ultrasound, you might cause some discomfort from the pressure due to the transducer. You might have increased pain during the test while suffering from testicular torsion or infection. You can resume your normal activities just after undergoing Scrotum Ultrasound.
What equipment or instruments are used for Scrotum Ultrasound?
Scrotum Ultrasound works on the same principle as SONAR and consists of a transducer, video monitor, and computer console. The transducer is a small linear device that looks like a microphone, sending high-frequency sound waves into the body and listening to the returning waves. Based on the time, amplitude, and pitch of the sound waves, the video monitor displays the images of the organs and surrounding tissues. The radiologist applies an ultrasound gel to the skin before the procedure.
How long does the Scrotum Ultrasound take?
Scrotum Ultrasound is a short and outpatient imaging test performed in laboratories or clinics. It takes around 30 minutes to complete. Before undergoing Scrotum Ultrasound, you must not eat for nearly 9 hours and empty the bladder to avoid any disruption in the test results. Although the procedure is short, it takes around 24-48 hours to get the results. Consult the results of your test with the respective doctor.
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Frequently asked questions on Scrotum Ultrasound
Do I need to pause my usual medications before undergoing Scrotum Ultrasound?
No, there is no need to disrupt the usual medications before undergoing Scrotum Ultrasound. Even if you take medicine before the procedure, you must not have a full stomach or bladder. Still, if you are under over-the-counter medications, it is better to consult your physician.
What is the use of the gel during Scrotum Ultrasound?
During the Scrotum Ultrasound, the water-based, warm gel is applied on your skin called hydrogel. This gel facilitates the easy movement of the transducer on your skin. It also helps the conduction of the sound waves. The gels dry automatically after the test.
Does Scrotum Ultrasound hurt?
No, Scrotum Ultrasound is a painless procedure. However, you might feel the pressure on the area under examination due to the transducer. While suffering from testicular swelling, the pain is due to inflammation of the testicles rather than the procedure itself.
If I am suffering from diabetes, can I undergo Scrotum Ultrasound?
Yes, even if you have diabetes, you can undergo Scrotum Ultrasound. Just remember to take insulin before the imaging test. Although, you must avoid eating or drinking anything else before the test.
Why is it asked to hold your breath during the ultrasound?
You have to hold your breath several times during the Scrotum Ultrasound because it fills the lungs and allows better visualization of the organs. It also limits the movements of the organs and gives accurate results. Although, it is difficult in the case of infants or kids.
Can I detect infertility using Scrotum Ultrasound?
Yes, Scrotum Ultrasound can be used to detect infertility in males. It examines the scrotum and testicles that produce and store sperm. Problems affecting the testicles like cysts, tumors, infection, previous surgeries in this organ, or undescended testicles might result in infertility.
What will happen if I eat something before Scrotum Ultrasound?
If you eat something just before the Scrotum Ultrasound, the undigested food remains in the stomach and urine in the bladder. This food and urine can block the sound waves and thus influence the accuracy of the results.
Can I get the accurate results for the blunt scrotal trauma by Scrotum Ultrasound?
Scrotum Ultrasound is used to diagnose a rupture of testes due to blunt scrotal trauma. Many studies have shown that the accuracy of the result is around 56%. You must opt for any other imaging test or surgical procedure under such conditions.
What is the reason to suffer from Spermatocele?
Spermatocele is a result of sperm built up in the epididymis. The blockage or inflammation in the duct of the epididymis can result in Spermatocele. Although still, the exact reason is not known. The examination of the scrotum detects Spermatocele.
Is it possible to diagnose the reason for testicular lump by Scrotum Ultrasound?
No, you can only validate testicular lump using Scrotum Ultrasound but not the reason for the same. Usually, such lumps are benign and indicate cancer. The doctor needs more imaging tests like MRI or biopsies to examine the cause of the testicular lump.
What are the benefits of undergoing an Scrotum Ultrasound?
Scrotum Ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless, comfortable, easy to use, and cheap procedure. The test is safe because it doesn’t involve radiation. Scrotum Ultrasound provides real-time imaging, thus a tool to guide further tests like biopsies and fluid aspiration.
What is the cost of Scrotum Ultrasound?
The cost of Scrotum Ultrasound varies from city to city in India. It costs around ₹ 840, ₹ 1030, ₹ 770, ₹ 808 in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, respectively. You can get a discount ranging between 20-70% on Ultrasound tests using the MFine app.
Is Scrotum Ultrasound a limited or complete abdomen ultrasound?
Scrotum Ultrasound is a limited ultrasound test since it measures, evaluates, and diagnoses only primary reproductive organs in the males (testes located inside the scrotum) and surrounding tissues. Complete abdomen ultrasound evaluates all the abdominal organs in the males.
Can anyone be allergic to the gel used in ultrasound?
Usually, people are not allergic to the hydrogel used in ultrasound. In rare cases, allergic reactions due to gel include rashes, itching, swelling, blisters, or wheezing. Such allergies can occur due to a purpuric reaction after mixing phenoxyethanol and paraben.
Can I undergo Scrotum Ultrasound if I have a Titanium plate inside my body?
Yes, you can undergo Scrotum Ultrasound even if you have a Titanium plate in your body since this test is non-invasive. It doesn’t use any radiation, so there is no reaction between titanium and sound waves. Titanium plate doesn’t influence the results of the test.
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