Pelvic Ultrasound

By: South Florida Perinatal Medicine

Pelvic Ultrasound

Things to Know about Pelvic Ultrasound and Pregnancy

A pelvic ultrasound can provide detailed information about your reproductive organs as well as a pregnancy. It may be used during fertility treatments as well. Being accurate, non-invasive, relatively low risk and cost-effective, it has become an indispensible tool in monitoring pregnancy, especially when high risk.

What is a pelvic ultrasound?

The primary use of pelvic ultrasound is during pregnancy. During this procedure high-frequency sound waves create images of the pelvic organs. The sound waves are projected into the pelvis, and measure how they reflect—or echo—back from the different tissues. It can also find fibroid tumors, ovarian growths, cysts, and problems with fallopian tubes. This test may be done in one of two ways.

When the ultrasound is complete, the technologist will make sure he or she has all the information the doctor will need.

When might you be asked to do a pelvic ultrasound?

Some other reasons you may be asked to do a pelvic ultrasound:

How to prepare for a pelvic ultrasound

This test is done by a doctor or by an ultrasound technologist (sonographer) in an ultrasound room in a hospital, clinic, or doctor's office.

The ultrasound has emerged as the gold standard imaging modality for women in their first trimester with pregnancy-related complaints. Many emergency physicians use a pelvic ultrasound along with a pelvic examination for a clearer diagnosis.

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