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Testicular lump or swelling? Could it be cancer? A quick ultrasound scan will give you the answer.

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Testicular lumps or swelling of the scrotum are very common and affect all ages. The first thing that always comes to mind is what if the lump is dreaded cancer.

testicular ultrasound scan, a quick ultrasonic examination procedure using sound waves,  will be able to accurately tell you what the lump or swelling is.

 

The anatomy bit.

The testicles are the primary male reproductive organs housed in the scrotal sac and produce the sperm and testosterone.

You also have, what is called the epididymitis in the scrotal sac. Epididymitis is full of interrelated tubules where the sperm matures.

 

What are the most common testicular lumps?

  • Epididymitis – it is very common that we feel the head of the epididymitis that gives the impression of a lump. The reason for this is that in most cases we can feel the head of the epididymis on one side but not the other. 
  • Epididymal cyst – very common and harmless. Epididymitis cyst is the sack with fluid found mainly on the head of the epididymis. Epididymal cysts, in general, do not need any treatment but do have the potential of getting bigger.
  • Epididymitis – this is an infection of the epididymis and sometimes the testis (when both epididymitis and testis are infected is called epididymo-orchitis). The epididymis gets swollen and in most cases associated with pain. If you have epididymitis, antibiotic treatment will be necessary so the sooner this has been confirmed the sooner it can be treated.
  • Intratesticular cyst – this is again a little sac of fluid but this time inside the testis and not in the epididymis. These cysts are more commonly benign.
  • Varicocoeles – the blood vessels (pampiniform venous plexus) inside the scrotal sac get dilated to various degrees. Varicocoeles are common and very similar to varicose veins on the legs. They do have the potential of affecting sperm quality as they increase the temperature inside the scrotal sac and also have the potential of causing some discomfort. They do feel like worms but it can be difficult to differentiate between varicoceles and lumps.
  • Hernia – There are different kinds of herniae but the most common is the inguinal hernia which happens in the groin region. Sometimes the hernia can slip through the inguinal canal into the scrotal sac and this can cause swelling.
  • Hydrocoele – this is extra fluid around the testicle. Sometimes floating debris can be seen within this fluid. This floating debris is related to protein or cholesterol content. Hydrocoeles are again benign but sometimes will need treatment when they are very large. Although the existence of hydrocoele is obvious in most cases, an ultrasound scan will be needed to exclude any other abnormalities such as cancer.
  • Cancer – testicular cancer is common and according to Cancer Research UK the incidence of testicular cancer will rise to 10 cases per 100,00 males by 2035. Testicular cancer has various appearances on ultrasound but most commonly is a dark rounded, well-defined circle which is highly vascular. If the ultrasound scan is suspicious of testicular cancer an urgent referral to the urologist under two-week way will be required.

In conclusion:

Scrotal lumps and swellings are very common and affect all ages of the male population. In most cases these lumps are benign and sometimes we just feel normal anatomy. A  cancerous lump, however, needs to be excluded and a testicular ultrasound scan will be able to confirm what the lump is. 

To see more reasons why our clients are booking private ultrasounds in london.

NHS waiting times, however, are long and getting longer (although the health Minister reassures us that NHS is working as clockwork). At SonoWorld London you are able to book a testicular ultrasound scan on a day and time that suits you for  quick diagnosis and reassurance.

 



How much is the private testicular ultrasound?

It is our philosophy that private healthcare and in our case ultrasound imaging should be affordable and available to all of us as our health is the most important thing is in this world. This is why our medical scans are competitively priced with no hidden extras.

Looking for a testicular scan in London?

You are in the right place if you are looking for a private testicular ultrasound scan in London. At Sonoworld Diagnostics, London we offer an extensive range of private ultrasound scans in a convenient central London location next to Harley Street.

We offer same day and out of hours private ultrasound scan appointments in days and times to suit your busy schedule.

Our consultant sonographers are experienced in the field of medical ultrasound so you can rest assured that your health is in good hands. We use the latest ultrasound scan diagnostic equipment to increase diagnostic accuracy. Sonoworld Diagnostics has been providing ultrasound scan services to NHS and private sector since 2012 and therefore is well established in the field of medical ultrasound.

At our ultrasound scan clinic in London, we are able to offer you testicular ultrasound scans in a clean and comfortable environment without the wait associated with the ultrasound scans provided by the NHS.

How to book a testicular ultrasound scan

You can book the private testicular ultrasound scan by either using our online booking system where you can choose a suitable date and time or you can call us direct and speak to one of our sonographers.

What is the most common age for testicular cancer?

In adults, testicular cancer is more common between the age of 25 – 40 years old and from 60+. This, however, does not mean that you should stop checking your scrotum for any lumps.

What are the early warning signs of testicular cancer?

The main signs of testicular cancer is mainly a testicular lump that can be associated with heaviness or pulling in the groin area and sometimes testicular pain. The testicular scan is quick and painless and will provide you with instant answers about your symptoms.

Can testicular cancer be detected on an ultrasound?

The short answer is Yes testicular cancer can be detected on ultrasound. Testicular ultrasound is the main primary diagnostic investigation for any abnormalities within the scrotum.

Why choose us for your private testicular ultrasound scan in London?

We are conveniently located in the heart of London, in Harley street just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus station. 
We offer same day testicular scan appointments in a clean, relaxing and caring environment.

Our sonographers are advanced consultant practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience. They are fully qualified, registered with the HCPC, BMUS and SoR. They perform a large number of diagnostic scans every week and they are always up today with the newest technological trends and ultrasound guidelines. You can, therefore, rest assured that your health and the health of your loved ones is in good hands.  

We have thousands of happy clients and five-star reviews on independent websites.

What are the benefits and risks of the testicular ultrasound examination?

Benefits

  • Ultrasound scans are non-invasive.
  • An ultrasound exam should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities.
  • Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any harmful ionizing radiation and this is why is the primary imaging modality in pregnancy.
  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues and blood vessels that do not show up well on x-rays.
  • Ultrasound scanning is dynamic and can evaluate body structures in real time.

Risks

  • There are no known harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound scans.

Who interprets the results of the testicular ultrasound scan and how do I get them?

A sonographer, otherwise known as ultrasonographer is a highly trained and specialised healthcare professional who performs and understands medical ultrasound scans and images,  will perform your Private investigation and provide you with a diagnostic report of the findings, that you can take to your doctor for continuity of care.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.

Our sonographers are advanced consultant practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience. They are fully qualified, registered with the HCPC, BMUS and SoR. They perform a large number of diagnostic scans every week and they are always up today with the newest technological trends and ultrasound guidelines. You can, therefore, rest assured that your health and the health of your baby and loved ones in good hands.  

What are the common causes of testicular lumps?

It is recommended to regularly check the testis for any lumps or for anything that doesn't feel right.

The testis is the ovoid structure within the scrotal sack. Within the scrotum, there is also the head, tail and body of the epididymis.

The epididymis is full of small tubules where the sperm matures. These tubules sometimes get blocked and expand resulting on what is called epididymal cyst.

Epididymal cysts are harmless and they are very common.

Sometimes the tubules leak and sperm escape within the scrotal sac resulting sometimes in discomfort.

Hydrocoele is fluid around the testis.

Infections are also common in the testis resulting in an inflamed epididymis that can also feel like a lump. 

It is also possible for cancer to be developed inside the testis and it is therefore very important if you find any lumps to have them checked as soon as possible with ultrasound.

You can find out more about testicular lumps and testicular cancer in this article.

 


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