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Pelvic / Endovaginal Ultrasound

Description: A pelvic ultrasound examination uses sound frequency in a range that is higher than humans are able to hear to produce images of internal structures on a viewing screen. This test gives the radiologist a panoramic view of the entire pelvis and enables him/her to visualize the uterus and the ovaries in the lower abdomen. In some cases the radiologist may request an endovaginal study which involves the use of a special small transducer placed in a protective cover and then inserted into the vagina. Improved visualization of some structures is achieved because the transducer is in closer proximity to the region being imaged.

Indication: A pelvic ultrasound may be ordered to explain the findings of a manual pelvic exam or provide additional information. Common reasons to order a pelvic exam include pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and suspicion of an abnormality on the manual exam.

Procedure: For a pelvic ultrasound the patient is placed on the exam table lying flat. Clothing is moved to expose an area from the navel to the pubic bone. A small amount of gel is placed on the lower abdomen for good skin contact with the transducer. Sound is sent from the transducer and reflects off the internal structures into the body and is returned to the transducer. The echoes are transformed electronically to form an image on a monitor. If an endovaginal exam is indicated the patient will empty their bladder, disrobe from the waist down and lie down on the exam table on their back. The small transducer in a protective cover is inserted into the vagina and images are recorded. This exam takes approximately 30 minutes.

Prep: Drink 32-48 ounces of water or clear juice (No soda pop) 2 hours before the appointment. DO NOT VOID BEFORE EXAMINATION

* This test information is intended for educational purposes only. This should not replace medical advice from your healthcare provider. Please call your healthcare provider if you have any medical questions concerning your health. For any questions regarding procedures, please contact Advanced Diagnostic P.C. office at 989-799-5699