Penile Ultrasound (U/S)

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.