Pelvic Ultrasound

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Pelvic ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and structures in the lower abdomen and pelvis. The three types of ultrasounds are abdominal, vaginal, and rectal.

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You may be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive, radiation-free diagnostic test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of body tissues
  • Your physician may instruct you to have the procedure performed with a full bladder
  • The exam is painless, non-invasive, and there are no known side effects
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves higher than human hearing can detect


Why is This Exam Done?

Pelvic ultrasounds can be used to evaluate a woman’s bladder, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and uterus, or a man’s prostate, seminal vesicles, and bladder. Pelvic ultrasounds are commonly used with pregnant women to monitor her baby’s development.

Transvaginal exams are used to obtain a view of the uterus, which may detect fibroids, cancer, scars, polyps, and other abnormalities.

Transrectal exams are used on men to obtain a view of the prostate gland. It is used on both men and women to treat kidney stones, tumors on the bladder, or bladder disorders.

What Will Happen During the Exam?

Our experienced and caring Sonographers who will be performing your exam are specifically accredited in Ultrasound, and have been trained on our state-of-the-art equipment.

The Ultrasound Sonographer will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear. He or she will then apply a special gel directly on the skin above the area to be examined to increase sound wave conduction and reception. The Sonographer will then press the transducer against your skin and may move the transducer back and forth to get clear images of the underlying blood vessels and structures.

The procedure typically lasts for 30 minutes, but the duration varies depending on the structure being examined.

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How Should I Prepare?

  • Before the test is administered, you may be asked to change into a gown
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of Pelvic Ultrasound:

  • If narrowing of carotid arteries is detected early enough, action may be taken to prevent a stroke
  • Ultrasound images are shown in real-time as they happen
  • The structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels are able to be seen and recorded
  • The exam is painless and non-invasive
  • No ionizing radiation is used for this procedure
  • Claustrophobic individuals may see this as a reasonable alternative to MRI
  • Individuals unable to have an MRI performed because of pacemakers or fragments in the body are able to have ultrasounds

Risks you should be aware of:

  • There are no known risks for ultrasound
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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform pelvic ultrasound at nine of our office locations:

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