Ultrasound of the Acute Scrotum

Phebe Chen, MD, Susan John, MD

Disclosures

Appl Radiol. 2006;35(3):8-17. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Ultrasound (US) offers timely and accurate differentiation of many causes of scrotal pain. Advances in high-resolution gray-scale and color Doppler US have expanded the clinical applications of scrotal US and have made it the ideal imaging modality for evaluation of the acute scrotum in both children and adults. The authors review proper US techniques and findings of a variety pathologies of the scrotum.

Introduction

While acute scrotal pain is a common clinical problem in both children and adults, symptoms are often vague and clinical findings are nonspecific. Ultrasound (US) allows for expedient and accurate differentiation of many causes of scrotal pain, including prompt diagnosis of testicular torsion that helps maximize testicular viability. Advances in high-resolution gray-scale and color Doppler US have expanded the clinical applications of scrotal US and have made it the ideal imaging modality for evaluation of the acute scrotum in both children and adults.

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