A testicular scan uses a camera to take pictures of the Reference testicles Opens New Window after a Reference radioactive tracer Opens New Window accumulates in testicular tissues (Reference nuclear medicine test). The results of a testicular scan are usually available within 2 days. In an emergency, results can be available within an hour.
The radioactive tracer flows evenly through the testicles. No accumulations of the tracer are found in any area of the testicles.
The tracer does not flow evenly through the testicles, indicating narrowing of, blockage of, or damage to the blood vessels in the testicles. This could indicate that blood flow has been reduced by a twisted spermatic cord inside the testicle. This is called Reference testicular torsion Opens New Window.
Areas where the tracer accumulates in an abnormal amount could indicate a condition such as a Reference cyst Opens New Window, tumor, pocket of infection (Reference abscess Opens New Window), a blood clot, or inflammation of the tubes (ducts) that carry sperm (epididymis). This is called Reference epididymitis Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology