Penile Doppler Ultrasound For Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction is not something men like to discuss, even with their doctor. There are a myriad of reasons for ED, and now there is a non-invasive way to find out if vascular issues are the prime reason. It’s time to have that discussion and ask about penile doppler ultrasound for erectile dysfunction.

Vascular Health Problems And ED

Vascular health issues cause 75% of ED cases. A penile doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging test which uses sound waves to give Dr. Wierschem a way to see what’s going on inside your body, particularly your genitals.

It will show the direction and speed of blood moving through your arteries and veins. It maps your blood flow and will show where blood slows down or stops. The penile doppler ultrasound is used to predict the response you will have to vasodilator drugs like Viagra. These types of drugs enhance blood flow to the penis. It can also help to determine if you have an arterial inflow or a venous outflow of blood.

A vasodilator relaxes your blood vessels and improves blood flow to your penis so you can achieve and keep an erection long enough for intercourse. Unfortunately if the problem is outflow, Viagra or another vasodilator drug won’t work for you.

You can think of it as a shortcut to finding out if Viagra will help without wasting time trying these types of ED therapies.

What Happens During A Penile Doppler Ultrasound

The procedure is safe and uses no radiation. While you are lying down, Dr. Wierschem uses a tiny needle and injects a vasodilator into your penile tissue. You will feel a slight prick, nothing more than an insect bite.

After the blood vessels have relaxed and you develop an erection, a wand is moved along the penis to measure the blood flow to the penile arteries on both sides of the penis. The computer equipment creates a video to show the blood flow in and out of your penis.

Once Dr. Wierschem understands the cause of the ED, the correct therapies can be employed.


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