A pelvic ultrasound is an in-office procedure that is performed to diagnose and assist in the treatment of a variety of health conditions. This is a very commonly performed procedure at Modern Women’s Health.
The Importance of an Ultrasound
Sometimes a closer look is required to fully assess an area of the body. An ultrasound allows us to do this by using high-frequency sound waves to create an image of a patient’s internal body structures.
What is a Pelvic Ultrasound?
A pelvic ultrasound is a procedure that safely and non-invasively examines organs and structures such as the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. A transabdominal ultrasound is performed on the exterior of the stomach, while a transvaginal ultrasound is performed by inserting a device into the vagina.
What Conditions Can be Diagnosed?
- Abnormalities in the anatomic structure of the uterus
- Abnormal bleeding
- Endometrial issues
- Fibroids (benign growths)
- Masses, ovarian cysts, and other kinds of tumors
The Transvaginal Ultrasound
You will be given privacy to change out of your clothing into a lap cover, and you will then lie on your back on an exam table. Your feet and legs will be raised so that the ultrasound probe has easier access. The probe will be covered with a protective covering, and will also be lubricated for better comfort. The tip of the probe will then be inserted into the vagina, and your provider will gently move it with turns and angles to ensure that the images can be clearly seen. Although this is not painful, it may be a little uncomfortable. However, the exam doesn’t last too long — usually about 10-15 minutes.
Sonohysterogram/Saline Infusion Sonogram
A special kind of ultrasound that we do involves adding a saline infusion sonogram (sonohysterogram) for diagnosis of abnormal bleeding. We will put a catheter balloon into the uterus to infuse saline so that we can examine the uterine lining in more detail. This may cause cramping, so we recommend taking Ibuprofen beforehand.
This is often combined with an endometrial biopsy for a more comprehensive evaluation of abnormal bleeding. The saline infusion sonogram makes it easier to detect endometrial polyps, submucosal fibroids, and other problems within the endometrial cavity that may be missed by plain vaginal ultrasound alone.
After a Pelvic Ultrasound
Once your results have come back, we will let you know and proceed with a treatment plan or references for a specialist, if needed.
Why Choose Modern Women’s Health?
At Modern Women’s Health, we’re more than just a place where women get their annual well exam. With a strong focus on overall wellness, we take care of all aspects of our patients’ health — all the way from adolescence through menopause. Founder Dr. Lisa Jukes is a board-certified gynecologist who has established one of the top gynecology and women’s practices in Texas, and we are proud to have female providers for female needs. Our mission is to provide comprehensive health services for women and their families all in one place, and to provide patient-centric medical treatment in a compassionate, confidential, and comfortable atmosphere. No matter what your health needs are, we can help.