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Pelvic Ultrasound

What to Expect During the Procedure

A pelvic ultrasound examination provides pictures of the structures and organs in the lower abdomen and pelvis. In women, a pelvic ultrasound evaluates organs such as the cervix, uterus, ovaries, and bladder. In men, a pelvic ultrasound evaluates organs such as the bladder, seminal vesicles and prostate. The exam will be performed by a sonographer, a technologist who is specially trained in ultrasound. A small hand held device called a transducer will be passed over the surface of your lower abdomen producing a sensation of light pressure on your skin. Images of your pelvic anatomy will be taken. At this point you will be asked to empty your bladder. A transvaginal ultrasound is then usually performed, provided you are sexually active. Transvaginal ultrasound is performed very much like a gynecological exam and involves the insertion of a transducer, similar in shape to a tampon, into the vagina. The images are obtained from different orientations to get the best views of your pelvic anatomy. Transvaginal imaging provides greater detail for the radiologist interpreting your exam.

How Should I Prepare?

Pelvic ultrasounds require you to have a full bladder. Please finish drinking 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to your exam and avoid urinating. If your bladder is not full, the exam may need to be rescheduled.

What to Expect After the Procedure

When the exam is complete, you will be shown back to your dressing room to get dressed. A radiologist will analyze the images taken by the sonographer. A report will be dictated and sent to your physician within 5 business days, who will share the results with you.