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Pelvic Ultrasounds


A pelvic ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to examine what’s going on inside your pelvis and can be an effective tool for diagnosing certain gynecological conditions early on. It is also an exam used to monitor the health and development of an embryo or fetus during pregnancy.

Types of Pelvic Ultrasounds

A pelvic ultrasound can be performed using one or both of two different methods: transabdominal and transvaginal. Depending on the case, only one method will be necessary. For others, both methods may be required to obtain the information needed for a diagnosis or for treatment. The type of ultrasound chosen will depend on the reason for being seen and by your physician’s recommendation.

Transabdominal ultrasounds – Performed on the outer stomach, using conductive gel. When you hear the word “ultrasound,” it’s likely that you picture a transabdominal ultrasound, where a rounded transducer is passed over the abdomen. This type of pelvic ultrasound provides a wide view of the pelvic organs.

Transvaginal ultrasounds – Performed by a longer, thinner transducer with conductive gel and inserted into the vagina. This exam can provide greater detail in a smaller area than a transabdominal ultrasound. There is usually no discomfort from pressure from the transducer against the area being examined. A transvaginal ultrasound is typically performed to view the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) and the ovaries. Images are obtained from different angles to get the best views of the uterus and ovaries. A vaginal sonogram is typically more comfortable than a manual gynecological exam.

A Pelvic Ultrasound is Used to Help Diagnose Female Issues

The images produced during a pelvic ultrasound allow for a quick visualization and assessment of the structures and organs within the female pelvis, including:

  • Uterus
  • Cervix
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Bladder

Pelvic ultrasound examinations can help diagnose issues such as:

  • Abnormalities in the anatomic structure of the uterus, including endometrial issues
  • Cysts, masses, fibroid tumors, and other types of tumors within the pelvis
  • Fertility issues
  • Pelvic infection
  • An ectopic pregnancy
  • Postmenopausal bleeding

In some cases, a pelvic ultrasound may be used to detect the presence and position of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD).

We’re Here for Your Reproductive Health

Whether you’re experiencing heavy periods, abnormal bleeding, or any pain in your abdominal area, don’t ignore it. A pelvic ultrasound will give us important insight into what’s going on and bring you one step closer to a diagnosis or treatment.

We’re here for you. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 770.720.7733 or request an appointment online at either our Canton or Woodstock locations.