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  • How safe is an ultrasound?

    Dear readers,

    As you might know I am an hypochondriac, which is really annoying sometimes.
    Therefore, since I might get an ultrasound, I want to know how safe it really is?

    Does an ultrasound, in any way, damage the testicle or increases the chance of getting testicular cancer from it if you might have a healthy testicle?

    Kind regards,

  • #2
    It's safe - to put it in context it is the same test they use on pregnant women to look at the developing baby.


    • #3
      Absolutely safe.

      In this day and age, doctors are extremely careful about what they do with pregnant women. And they routinely do ultrasounds on them, sometimes many of them. So pretty much the only things that can happen are all psychosomatic.
      6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
      6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
      7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
      7/13/15: begin 4xEP, end 9/18/15
      10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
      10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
      4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
      4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
      10/22/19: all clears up to this date!


      • #4
        It's just sound waves, completely harmless


        • #5
          Zero danger. It's not like a CT scan that has ionizing radiation.
          Diagnosed at age 31. Treated in NYC. Now living in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

          7/1/2015: felt tiny lump on side of R testicle
          7/30/2015: Ultrasound shows 2 intra-testicular masses.
          7/31/2015: tumor markers normal, CXR clear
          8/5/2015: R orchiectomy
          8/11/2015: Pathology: 1.2 x 1.0 x 1.0 cm, embryonal 80%, seminoma 20%, with LVI and rete testis invasion
          8/14/2015: CT abdomen/pelvis clear, Stage 1b
          8/24/2015: started 1 x BEP