A penis ultrasound (or penile ultrasound) uses the change in wave frequency to register blood flow, signs of vascular disease, and any scarring at the base of the penis. Abnormal blood flow into, or out of the penis is one cause of erectile dysfunction. Although there are some limitations (described below) it can be a great diagnostic for patients suffering from ED. By measuring the blood velocities, it helps identify if:
- Blood Velocity Into Penis - If you have sufficient blood velocities going into the penis this can indicate healthy blood flow and rule out some physical causes of ED. If the velocities are low, it may indicate that there are blockages in the penile arteries that are preventing adequate blood flow. The only way to know for sure that it is blockages, and where they are located, is to do a angiogram to locate them.
- Blood Velocity Out of Penis - If you have an excessively high velocity of blood flowing out of the penis, this may indicate a venous leakage. If this is the case, a penile pump or a penile ring may be an effective treatment option for you as it constricts the blood vessels causing blood to stay in the penis.