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Forum Name: Male Sexual Disorders

Question: reliability of ultrasound?

 sdeacon - Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:11 am

how reliable are ultrsound tests for locating very small tumours in the testicles that can only just be felt occasionally
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Aug 16, 2004 7:02 am

User avatar Ultrasound reliability relies almost totally on the skill of the examiner. Only trained radiologists perform these tests and you should have nothing to worry about. If I were to answer your question from a purely technical point of view: Then testicular ultrasonography has sensitivity of approximately 90% in your case (meaning it can detect up to 90% of clinically significant testicular lumps). Again, what is more important is the interpretation.

That said, if your symptoms should progress then you should seek a second opinion and possibly a new ultrasound.

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