Pelvic & Transvaginal Ultrasound
A pelvic ultrasound can provide detailed images of the lower abdomen and vaginal structures, such as the ovaries or cervix. Specifically, a transvaginal ultrasound can help determine the health of your uterus or other vaginal structures. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we provide the best women’s imaging services available to help detect and diagnose health concerns of the ovarian, cervix, fallopian tubes, or uterus.
What is a transvaginal ultrasound?
A transvaginal ultrasound, also referred to as transvaginal sonogram or pelvic ultrasound, uses soundwaves to create images of your uterus and ovaries. Because ultrasounds do not emit radiation, they are safe to be used on pregnant or nursing mothers. A hand-held device called a transducer emits soundwaves, which can be used to create live images of your pelvis.
What can a pelvic sonogram help diagnose?
A pelvic ultrasound can be used to determine the cause of pelvic pain or irregular vaginal bleeding. In most cases, a transvaginal ultrasound is used to assess the health of your fallopian tubes, bladder, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. Menstrual problems can also be evaluated during a transvaginal sonogram. A transvaginal ultrasound can help to diagnose ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. A pelvic ultrasound can also help evaluate the health of an unborn baby.
What can I expect from a transvaginal sonogram?
In some cases of a pelvic ultrasound, you may need to have a full bladder during the exam for the best results. As for transvaginal ultrasounds, the handheld transducer will be inserted into the vagina after you have emptied your bladder completely. The tip of the transducer is small, and a protective cover will be placed over the transducer prior to the start of your transvaginal ultrasound. The transducer will be lubricated with a small amount of gel to reduce any discomfort. Only two to three inches of the transducer needs to be inserted into your vagina in order to obtain clear images. Multiple images from differing angles will be taken so that our radiologists will be able to fully assess your health and look for any abnormalities.
How long does An ultrasound take, & when will I get my results?
The majority of pelvic ultrasounds and transvaginal ultrasounds can be completed within thirty minutes. The individual length of your transvaginal sonogram or pelvic sonogram may vary depending on what you are having evaluated. Because a transvaginal ultrasound is a noninvasive women’s imaging test, you will be able to return to your daily activities immediately. Our team of radiologists will begin to assess your transvaginal ultrasound results and notify your doctor immediately when your results are available. Your physician will then contact you to discuss your pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound results.
How can I learn more about a pelvic ultrasound?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a transvaginal ultrasound with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email email@example.com, or request an appointment online.