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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||
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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