Penile Doppler ultrasonography revisited

Ultrasonography. 2018 Jan;37(1):16-24. doi: 10.14366/usg.17022. Epub 2017 Jun 10.


Penile Doppler ultrasonography is a high-performing, noninvasive or minimally-invasive imaging modality that allows the depiction of the normal anatomy and macroscopic pathologic changes in real time. Moreover, functional changes in penile blood flow, as seen in erectile dysfunction (ED), can be analyzed using color Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS). This review article describes the normal sonographic anatomy of the penis, the sonographic technique for evaluating ED, the normal phases of erection, and the various causes of ED. Additionally, we describe the interpretation of different parameters and findings on penile CDUS for the diagnosis and classification of ED, priapism, and Peyronie disease.

Keywords: Penis; Ultrasonography, Doppler.

Publication types

  • Review