Ultrasound has proven to be an important diagnostic tool in evaluating the gynecologic patient. With improved technology, ultrasound plays an integral role in evaluating the female pelvis. The size, location, contour, vascularity, and physiologic state of pelvic organs are easily obtained using ultrasound and it complements the clinical evaluation. A healthcare provider may request a pelvic ultrasound for pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, lack of periods, infertility or to evaluate a mass felt on the physical exam.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pelvic/Gynecologic Ultrasound
- Transabdominal (ultrasound performed by placing the transducer on the skin of the lower abdomen).
- Transvaginal (ultrasound performed by placing a cylinder-shaped ultrasound camera into the vagina). Transvaginal ultrasound adds information and is often the preferred method of evaluation.
- We recommend drinking 24 ounces, finishing 45 minutes before your appointment. You can drink any kind of clear liquid, including pop, tea, juice or water. No milk products, as they do not fill the bladder.
- The results will be sent directly to your referring provider the week-day after your exam.
- A physician’s order is required for a pelvic ultrasound.
- When you see your healthcare provider, let them know you would like to have your ultrasound scheduled at Sound Health Imaging. Or, after you see your physician, you can call our office and make your ultrasound appointment and then bring your doctor’s order with you at the time of exam.