- 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?
What is a Penile U/S?
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.
When is a Penile U/S performed?
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).
What preparation is needed for a Penile U/S?
No special preparation is needed for the simple Penile Ultrasound.
U/S has no radiation, and is absolutely safe for pregnant women and children.
How is a Penile U/S performed?
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.
How are the results of a Penile U/S interpreted?
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.