Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)
Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Martin I Resnick, MD
IN THIS ARTICLE
An ultrasound examination of your penis and testicles may be performed. The principle of ultrasound is similar to the sonar used on submarines. Sound waves are reflected back when they contact relatively dense structures, such as fibrous tissue or blood vessel walls. These reflected sound waves are then converted into pictures of the internal structures being studied.
In diagnosing the cause of erectile dysfunction, an ultrasound may be done on the lower abdomen, the pelvis, and the testicles, or it may be restricted to just the penis.
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