- What is a Penile U/S?
- When is a Penile U/S performed?
- What preparation is needed for a Penile U/S?
- How is a Penile U/S performed?
- How are the results of a Penile U/S interpreted?
It is a non-invasive test to evaluate the morphology of the penis. It is conducted with an ultrasound device that has a special fixed probe for investigating the penis. Most ultrasound devices today have also Doppler technology integrated, for evaluating penile blood flow. The examination procedure is performed by a Radiologist or Urologist who has been trained in Urinary Tract Ultrasonography.
Your physician may recommend a Penile Ultrasound for various reasons. For example:
- To evaluate a penile injury.
- In Peyronie’s disease (acquired bending or palpable induration of the penis).
- To monitor patients who make use of intrapenile injections (for early detection of fibrosis).
- To diagnose erectile dysfunction (Penile Triplex).
No special preparation is needed for the simple Penile Ultrasound.
U/S has no radiation, and is absolutely safe for pregnant women and children.
You may need to undergo a Penile U/S either as an outpatient or as a hospital inpatient. Your physician will explain the procedure and answer any questions related to the test you may potentially have. The procedure is as follows:
- You will be asked to remove your clothes from the genital region and lie on an examination bed.
- A clear viscous gel will be applied on the region to be examined. You should be aware that clothes do not get stained by any potentially remaining gel residues.
- Then your physician will place the ultrasound probe on the gel and start scanning the region. The procedure is absolutely painless.
- Once the procedure is completed, the physician will remove the gel from the examined region.
Following the U/S procedure, you can right away resume to your everyday activities without any restrictions.
Should there be any abnormal finding, the physician will inform you about this. You will be given further instructions and information about therapeutic options that are appropriate for you.