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Everything You Need to Know About Scrotal Ultrasounds

When Will I Get the Results?

If your doctor has recommended a scrotal ultrasound, you may be concerned about what might be found. Will it be cancer or some other serious condition? Something that requires surgery? There are plenty of reasons to be nervous, and you'll probably want to hear your results sooner, rather than later.
 
Usually, an ultrasound technician will perform the ultrasound but won't comment much. That's because a doctor (specifically, a radiologist) is the one who will need to assess the ultrasound. The technician probably has an excellent idea of what he or she sees, but generally, technicians don't comment much. Don't try to read too much into the technician's demeanor or small talk. Sometimes they seem gloomy just because they're having a bad day.
 
In some cases (especially if a radiologist is nearby), you may hear from the radiologist personally right away. In other cases, you may have to wait until the radiologist takes a look at the ultrasound (it's recorded) and reports back to your regular doctor, a process that can take time. Don't hesitate to call your doctor a few times to check about results. If the office knows you're anxiously awaiting your results, they'll be more likely to call you as soon as they know.
 

Will I Die of Embarrassment?

Nope. You'll live. We promise. You've already done the hardest part, which is bringing up the subject with your doctor and having the manual exam. The ultrasound is the easy part.
 
We're not saying it's a walk in the park. It's going to be awkward and perhaps embarrassing. But so is every prostate exam, gynecological exam, and colonoscopy ever performed. It's just part of life. You'll make it through, and you'll forget about it shortly after it's over. 
 
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